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Newspaper of  the  NSW/ACT  Independent  Education  Union  (vol  32  #8)  December  2012

New IEU   headquarters  P14

St Gregory’s   stop  work  P4

Pay rises   ahead  P3

Parramatta CEO     student  services  dispute  

Messages of  support  pour  in Messages  of  support  are  flowing  in   for  Parramatta  CEO  student  services   staff,  many  of  whom  have  been  asked   at  short  notice  to  reapply  for  positions   that  are  shrouded  in  uncertainty  and  at   a  reduced  salary.   The  IEU  lodged  a  dispute  with  Fair  Work   Australia  over  the  restructure,  which  impacts   more  than  100  student  services  staff,     the  majority  of  them  counsellors,  but   including  psychologists,  speech     pathologist  and  other  specialists. The  Union  has  also  been  fully  engaged  in   asserting  members’  rights,  assisting  with  access   to  redundancy  and  compensation  payments,   and  advising  and  representing  members  in   meetings  with  employers  over  future  roles,  

redundancies and  redeployment  options. Many  school  chapters  have  passed  motions   stating  their  concern  at  the  CEO’s  decision   and  its  failure  to  consult  with  affected   employees  and  their  Union  “as  required   both  by  relevant  industrial  instruments   and  common  courtesy”  and  the  “alarming   indication  of  the  CEO  Parramatta’s  attitude  to   dealing  with  the  rights  of  all  its  employees”.   Chapters  are  calling  for  more  time  to  facilitate   “full  and  proper  consultation”. IEU  Deputy  Secretary  Gloria  Taylor  said   Parramatta  CEO’s  approach  to  restructuring   student  support  staff  would  lead  to  “a   reduction  rather  than  an  improvement  in   student  services  and  school  support”. Read  more IEU  fights  for  better  deal  P2 Letters  of  support  P4 Branches  speak  out  P20

Labor roadshow  spotlights  freeze “These  cuts   affect  all   schools.  Every   teacher,   student  and   parent  will  be   worse  off.” Labor  politicians  from  all  tiers   of  government  have  been  actively   supporting  the  campaign  to  stop   the  NSW  O’Farrell  Government   from  slashing  funding  to  the  State’s   government  and  non-­government   schools.   Leader  of  the  NSW  State  Opposition   John  Robertson  launched  a  ‘40  Schools   in  40  Days’  tour  to  meet  with  school   communities  and  help  highlight  the   impact  of  the  cuts. Mr  Robertson,  Federal  Education   Minister  Peter  Garrett,  Senator  Matthew   Thistlewaite  and  NSW  Shadow  Treasurer   Michael  Daley  have  also  been  hitting  the  

Federal Education  Minister   Peter  Garrett,  Senator  Matthew   Thistlewaite  and  NSW  Shadow   Treasurer  Michael  Daley  at   Maroubra.  St  Patrick's  Primary   Principal  Annie  Duggan   with  NSW  Opposition  Leader   John  Robertson  (above),   and  IEU  Assistant  Secretary   Mark  Northam,  Rep  Judith   Adams,  IEU  Organsier  Therese   Fitzgibbons  and  Annie  Duggan. pavements  to  help  get  signatures  on  a   petition  calling  for  the  cuts  to  be  reversed. Mr  Garrett  said  the  O’Farrell   Government’s  $1.7  billion  in  cuts  will  cause   serious  pain  to  the  State’s  educators  and   affect  the  quality  of  schooling  statewide. “The  O’Farrell  Government’s  cuts  will   lead  to  1800  jobs  slashed,  an  almost  10%   increase  in  TAFE  fees  and  a  whopping   $116  million  in  cuts  to  independent  and   Catholic  schools,”  Mr  Garrett  said. Meanwhile  Mr  Robertson,  while  touring   St  Patrick’s  Primary  School,  Wallsend,   near  Newcastle,  said  any  campaign  to   overturn  the  funding  freeze  would  be   lengthy  and  time  consuming  but  vital  

if schools  did  not  want  their  services   reduced  to  the  minimum. During  his  visit,  St  Patrick’s  Principal   Annie  Duggan  and  IEU  teaching  and   support  staff  members  told  Mr  Robertson   of  their  concerns,  particularly  in  relation   to  special  needs  students  and  the  impact   that  the  funding  freeze  will  have  on  the   number  of  teacher  aide  hours  available  in   2013  and  beyond. The  Principal  spoke  of  the  strong   links  that  St  Patrick’s  has  with  the  local   community  and  the  expectations  that   parents  have  of  the  school.  Funding  cuts   would  limit  the  capacity  of  the  school  to   provide  its  current  range  of  services  and  

place greater  pressure  on  the  parent  body   in  terms  of  fundraising. IEU  Assistant  Secretary  Mark  Northam   highlighted  the  reality  that  the  largest  cost   component  of  running  a  school  is  salaries   and  that  funding  reductions  would  keep   salary  outcomes  in  the  doldrums.  He   said  the  funding  freeze  represented  an   unprecedented  attack  on  the  funding  of   non-­government  schools. Sign  the  petition  online  at  www.  and  lobby  your  MP  at Read  more Funding  freeze  P3 on the ground

IEU fights  for  better  deal  for   Parramatta  counsellors Gloria  Taylor IEU  Deputy  Secretary Following  the  Student  Services  dispute  in  the   Parramatta  Diocese,  the  IEU  is  bargaining  for   an  Enterprise  Agreement  for  affected  members.   Most  counsellors  in  the  Diocese  suffered  reduced   pay  of  $12000  FTE  or  more  as  a  result  of  the   ‘realignment’  of  Student  Services.  They  will  receive   inadequate  ‘compensatory  payments’.  This  has  led  to   some  counsellors  opting  for  redundancy  payments,   resulting  in  the  loss  of  experienced  and  competent   professionals  to  schools. The  CEO  has  yet  again   responded  in  a  dismissive   manner  to  the  issues  raised   by  the  Union  on  behalf  of   counsellors. An  Enterprise  Agreement   would  strengthen  the   entitlements  and  job   security  of  counsellors   following  this  disappointing   episode. The  IEU  sent  a   letter  about  next  year’s   counselling  positions  to  the   Parramatta  Diocese,  an  extract  of  which  reads:

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now that  counsellors  are  paid  less  and  their  role     changed,  what  duties  or  tasks  are  they  no  longer     required  to  perform? will  the  amount  of  counsellor  time  in  schools  be     reduced  as  a  result  of  the  ‘realignment’?

Counsellors require  clear,  complete  and   written  information  about  terms  of  conditions  of   employment  and  this  needs  to  occur  prior  to  their   acceptance  of  the  new   positions.    It  is  unreasonable   to  expect  counsellors  to   confirm  positions  without   this  information.

“An Enterprise   Agreement  would   strengthen  the   entitlements  and  job   security  of  counsellors   following  this   disappointing  episode.”

IEU members  have  many  unanswered  questions   about  counselling  positions  in  2013.  The  lack  of   availability  of  critical  information  is  hindering  the   capacity  of  counsellors  to  make  informed  decisions   about  possible  future  options.  It  is  reasonable  for   employees  to  expect  written  offers  of  positions   outlining  specific  details  about  salary,  conditions   and  working  arrangements.  Counsellors  seek   information  about  a  number  of  issues,  including: ‡   ‡   ‡     ‡   ‡  

specific individual  salaries  for  2013 specific  entitlements  to  compensatory  payments   any  changes  to  their  conditions  including  leave     arrangements   work  bases  and  the  provision  of  travel  allowances retention  of  current  entitlements

The following  brief,   unsatisfactory  response  to   this  letter  was  received  by  the   IEU  from  the  Diocese:

I advise  that  all  Letters   of  Appointment  have  been   sent  by  mail  to  individuals   for  who  have  expressed  an   interest  and/or  been  interviewed  for  a  particular   position  in  the  Student  Services  Model  for  2013.   The  letters  set  out  all  the  details  regarding  salary   and  terms  and  conditions.  Upon  acceptance  of  the   position  and  forwarded  to  the  office,  the  partial   redundancy  (if  applicable  will  be  calculated)  and   paid  in  the  final  pay  of  the  year.  The  information   regarding  the  partial  redundancy  calculation  has   been  provided  to  all  staff  and  in  particular  Ian   Bailey  (sic)  of  your  office. We  consider  that  there  has  been  appropriate   consultation  and  information  provided  to   individuals  and  their  representatives  to  make   informed  decisions  about  their  future  employment   with  the  Diocese  of  Parramatta.

The following  motion  from  Parramatta   CEO  staff  was  unanimously  passed  and   endorsed  by  the  counsellors:   That  this  meeting  of  Parramatta  CEO  IEU   members  expresses  its  ongoing  concerns  about  the   CEO’s  restructure  of  Students  Services  positions,   noting  the  lack  of  appropriate  consultation  and   the  uncertainty  and  distress  caused  to  affected   staff  and  to  schools,  their  staff,  their  parents  and   students. This  CEO  chapter  believes  that  staff  have  a   right  to  expect  that  the  CEO  would  be  a  place   where  the  core  values  of  Jesus  Christ  such  as   respect,  honesty,  compassion,  and  justice  would  be   demonstrated  in  its  practice.  It  therefore  believes   that  the  restructuring  of  Students  Services  has  not   been  consistent  with  our  Catholic  ethos,  but  has   in  fact  reduced  people/staff  to  the  status  of  their   FTEs  only. The  CEO  chapter  thanks  IEU  members  at   system  and  school  levels  for  their  support  for   the  Students  Services  staff,  noting  that  over  50   school  chapters  in  the  Parramatta  Diocese  have   endorsed  resolutions  of  support,  and  requests   the  IEU  to  continue  to  assist  Students  Services   members  individually  and  collectively  in  relation   to  the  restructure  utilising  all  possible  legal  and   industrial  remedies. In  order  to  provide  greater  certainty  for  all  CEO   professional  and  administrative  staff,  this  chapter   calls  upon  the  CEO  to  enter  good  faith  discussions   with  the  IEU  to  recommence  negotiations  for   registered  Enterprise  Agreements  to  achieve   agreements  with  salaries  and  working  conditions   commensurate  with  current  CEO  Memorandums   of  Understanding.

The Union  will  continue  its  fight  for  Parramatta   counsellors.

Pay rise  for  support     staff  in  EREA  schools Carol  Matthews IEU  Assistant  Secretary The  Union  has  reached   agreement  with  Edmund  Rice   Education  Australia  (EREA)  for     pay  rises  in  excess  of  2.5%  for   support  staff. The  increases  of  3.5%  per  annum   backdated  to  1  July  2012  will  be  inclusive  

of the  2.5%  increase  already  paid  this   year.  Additional  increases  of  3.5%     will  apply  from  January  2013  and   January  2014.   These  nine  schools  are  the  first   Catholic  independent  schools  in  NSW   represented  by  the  Catholic  Commission  

Talks resume  on  Catholic  teacher  agreements The  IEU  met  representatives     of  NSW  Catholic  dioceses  on     4  December  to  discuss  pay   increases  for  2013.   NSW  government  teachers  and   principals  will  receive  increases   of  2.5%  from  the  commencement   of  the  first  pay  period  on  or  after   1  January  2013,  pursuant  to  a   one-­year  award  which  has  just   been  made  by  the  NSW  Industrial   Relations  Commission. The  award  was  made  by   2

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agreement between  the  NSW   Teachers  Federation  and  preserved   all  existing  conditions.    The   increase  was  limited  to  2.5%   because  of  the  NSW  Public  Sector   Wages  Policy,  which  is  binding   on  the  NSW  Industrial  Relations   Commission.   Catholic  employers  have  not   indicated  their  position  on  the  pay   rise  for  teachers  in  Catholic  schools.     The  Union  will  be  keeping  members   up  to  date  on  all  developments.

for Employment  Relations  which  have   agreed  to  increases  in  excess  of  2.5%  for   support  staff  in  the  current  round     of  bargaining.   The  increases  for  support  staff  follow   the  new  agreement  in  EREA  schools  for   teachers  at  the  end  of  Term  3,  which  also  

provided increases  of  3.5%  per  annum.   It  is  hoped  that  the  new  agreement  will   be  finalised  and  voted  on  early  in  Term  1   next  year.  

Increases agreed  in  Christian  schools The  IEU,  Christian  Schools  Australia   and  Christian  Education  National   have  reached  an  agreement  on  interim   increases  for  teachers  in  NSW  Christian   schools  to  apply  from  February  2013.   The  IEU  was  seeking  a  new  agreement  to   replace  the  Teaching  Staff  MEA  2011-­2012   which  expires  at  the  end  of  2012,  with  pay   rises  and  improvements  to  conditions.   Due  to  financial  uncertainty  as  a  result  of   the  NSW  Government  funding  freeze,  the   Christian  employers  have  refused  to  make   a  new  agreement  at  this  stage  (the  existing  

MEA will  continue  to  apply).   However  the  employers  will  recommend   to  all  schools  that  they  pay  increases  of  1.8%   on  Steps  1-­12  and  2.5%  on  Step  13  from   February  2013,  and  some  other  procedural   improvements  to  the  agreement  will  also     be  recommended.   Negotiations  for  a  new  agreement  will   resume  next  year.   A  new  multi-­enterprise  agreement   applying  to  the  three  Christian  schools  in   the  ACT  has  been  endorsed  by  teachers,  with   increases  of  4%  from  July  2013. on the ground

Funding freeze: Unfinished  business John  Quessy     General  Secretary

Over the  past  month  the  IEU  has   participated  in  a  raft  of  meetings   and  campaign  initiatives  with   victims,  stakeholders  and  the   perpetrators  of  the  O’Farrell   Government’s  school  funding   freeze  and  cuts.  What  we  are  left   with  is  a  clearer  understanding  of   how  much  is  at  stake,  how  long  and   arduous  the  campaign  will  be  to   have  this  decision  overturned  and   who  can  be  counted  on  to  support   these  efforts. Activities  have  included  a  series  of   meetings  with  diocesan  directors  in   which  we  have  spelt  out  the  Union’s  view   regarding  the  funding  freeze  and  heard   their  assessment  of  the  impact  within   each  diocese.  The  conversations  have   revealed  that  at  least  $60million  over   four  years  will  be  missing  from  Catholic   systemic  budgets  and  potential  losses   from  Commonwealth  revenue  (a  product   of  reduced  State  spending)  could  add   considerably  to  this  figure.  

These dioceses  are  trying  to  plan  for   the  future  in  an  uncertain  environment.   The  directors  all  say  they  can  only   estimate  the  immediate  and  medium-­ term  impact  and  they  remain  hamstrung   by  the  lack  of  certainty.  The  Union  has   appreciated  their  openness  in  providing  

his cuts  to  the  NSW  education  budget   and  the  freeze  on  funding  to  Catholic  and   independent  schools.   This  unique  coalition  representing   all  principals,  parents  and  teacher   unions  from  the  government,  Catholic   and  independent  sectors  reminded  

“If the  Government  won’t  change  its  mind   we’ll  have  to  change  the  Government.” preliminary  thoughts  on  how  they  might   manage  as  the  cuts  bite.   So  far  all  have  met  with  the  Union  in   this  spirit,  with  the  notable  exception  of   one.  To  date,  the  Diocese  of  Parramatta   has  not  agreed  to  a  meeting  between   the  director  and  the  employees’   representative,  the  IEU,  on  these  issues. Divergent  coalition   In  November  the  IEU  joined  a   coalition  of  stakeholders  in  an  open  letter   to  the  Premier  Barry  O’Farrell  protesting  

the Premier  of  the  State  Government's   responsibility  to  education.  We  said   that  cutting  funding  was  short  sighted   and  that  the  NSW  Government  had   demonstrated  “a  considerable  gap   between  its  rhetoric  and  the  reality  of  its   decisions”. We  also  said  that  the  fact  such  very   divergent  groups  endorsed  the  letter   should  indicate  our  concerns  are  deep-­ seated  and  widely  shared  in  our  schools   and  communities.

Premier meeting  disappoints In  late  November  the  Premier  and   the  Education  Minister  agreed  to  meet   with  the  coalition  in  person.  However,   we  left  the  meeting  disappointed  that   the  Premier  would  continue  trying  to   justify  the  biggest  cuts  to  education  in  a   generation  and  that  the  Minister  did  not   share  the  pessimism  of  virtually  every   person  involved  in  the  NSW  education   system. It  is  clear  that  the  Liberal  National   Party  are  in  complete  denial,  claiming   that  no  child’s  education  or  education   opportunity  will  be  harmed  by  reduced   spending  on  education  and  that  the   Government  did  not  get  good  value  for   what  it  spent. If  the  Government  won’t  change   its  mind  we’ll  have  to  change  the   Government.  Not  since  Nick  Greiner   and  Terry  Metherell  have  we  seen  such   an  attack  on  the  education  budget  in   NSW.  There  will  be  an  almighty  electoral   backlash.

Coming your  way  in  2013 Mark  Northam Assistant  Secretary Teacher  performance     and  development The  Australian  Teacher  Performance   and  Development  Framework  was   developed  by  the  Australian  Institute  for   Teaching  and  School  Leadership  with   the  aim  of  setting  a  nationally  consistent   approach  to  teacher  performance  and   development. Unfortunately  a  deficit  model  of   the  teaching  profession  underpins  the   Institute's  thinking. Members  should  be  aware  that   currently  there  is  no  agreement  or   funding  to  implement  this  Framework  in   any  state,  territory,  education  system  or   school  across  the  country.   Further,  an  industrial  framework   is  required  for  any  teacher  appraisal   process,  to  set  out  clearly  how  schools   and  systems  of  schools  will  operate. The  IEU  will  be  seeking  to  ensure  that   existing  industrial  agreements  will  be   updated  to  provide  for  release  time   to  engage  in  any  future  AITSL  related   requirements. However,  IEU  members  are  already   making  contact  with  Union  officers   regarding  AITSL-­based  appraisal  systems   being  proposed  at  their  workplace.   Release  time  to  undertake  reflections  on   teacher  practice  and  revise  strategies,  to   observe  colleague’s  teaching  practice  or  

to be  observed,  and  to  exchange  feedback   on  performance  development  is  not   mentioned  in  the  school-­based     processes  seen  so  far.   If  AITSL-­based  processes  are   being  considered  at  your  school,   full  consultation  with  staff  and  their   industrial  representative  is  required. AITSL  stipulates  that  “the  sustained   effort  required  will  be  easier  to  generate   if  teacher  performance  and  development   is  well  aligned  with  other  policies  and   processes  at  the  national  jurisdiction,   system  and  school  level”. Inherent  in  the  above  message  is   that  an  onus  exists  for  employers  to   provide  structures  that  support  teacher   development,  not  teacher  burn-­out.   Inevitably,  these  structures  are  industrial   -­  they  must  place  boundaries  around   reasonable  expectations  and  provide   “time”  to  undertake  additional  work. Australian  Curriculum  in  NSW Implementation  of  the  Australian   Curriculum  will  also  impact  on  teacher   workload  in  2013  and  beyond.  As   reported  in  November  Newsmonth  the   IEU  has  sought  specific  details  of  what   is  going  to  be  provided  to  support  the   NSW  BOS  implementation  schedule.   It  appears  that  Catholic  dioceses  will   provide  an  additional  PD  day  in  2013  to  

assist members  to  grapple   with  the  additional   demands  of  developing  the   new  curriculum. The  BOS  is  nearing   completion  of  web-­based   support  tools  that  will   be  of  great  curriculum   programming  assistance  to   teachers.  These  should  be   available  in  February  2013.   The  four  online  syllabuses   are  now  available  at  the   BOS  website  for  teachers  to   become  familiar  with  the  new   content  arrangements.   The  Union  advises   that  teachers  should   not  commence  actual   programming  work  until  the   electronic  programming  tool  is   available  from  the  BOS  website   next  year. The  NSW  Government   has  indicated  it  will  provide  an   additional  $25  million  over  two  years   in  funding  to  assist  NSW  schools  to   introduce  the  new  curriculum.  Sadly  the   Minister  indicated,  “of  that  funding,  the   government  sector  will  receive  $22.8   million  to  support  teacher  professional   and  the  non-­government  sector  will   receive  $2.2  million”.

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St Gregory’s  stop  work Fifty  teachers  at  St  Gregory’s   College  at  Campbelltown  stopped   work  for  two  hours  on  27  November   in  support  of  salaries  consistent   with  those  in  similar  Catholic   independent  schools. Following  several  previous  chapter   votes  and  a  formal  ballot  for  “protected  

industrial action”  under  the  Fair  Work   Act,  St  Gregory’s  members  acted  to   seek  pay  rises  beyond  the  2.5%  pa  for   government  and  systemic  schools  towards   the  3.6%  pa  being  paid  in  neighbouring   schools  such  St  Patrick’s  in  Campbelltown   and  Mater  Dei  Special  School  and  the   3.5%  pa  in  EREA  schools.

Support staff  at  St  Gregory’s  have   endorsed  the  teachers’  action  by  not   undertaking  teachers’  work  and  look   forward  to  engaging  in  the  campaign  to   achieve  similar  increases  for  themselves. A  chapter  meeting  was  due  to  be  held   at  St  Gregory’s  on  4  December  to  review   the  stop  work  action  and  to  plan  for  a  

campaign in  2013,  including  other  action   as  may  be  appropriate. Members  at  St  Gregory’s  have   requested  the  IEU  to  continue  to  seek   positive  negotiations  with  the  College   administration  and/or  with  the  Marist   Brothers  to  achieve  a  just  salaries   outcome.

Messages of  support   for  Parramatta  CEO   student  services  staff Not  expendable   Brian  Doran English  Coordinator,   St  Agnes  Catholic  College,  Rooty  Hill

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We have  three  kids  with  hearing   problems  and  many  others  from   low  socio-­economic  families.   Quite  a  few  Parramatta  CEO  student   services  staff  have  come  here  and  they   have  been  very  supportive,  helping  with   classroom  management  and  this  year   providing  an  in-­service  for  all  St  Agnes   staff.  We  also  have  a  counsellor  on-­site,   with  a  well-­worn  path  to  his  door. Counsellors  do  so  much  not  just  at   school,  but  outside  too.  They  are  truly  at   the  cutting  edge  of  education,  assisting   students  in  overcoming  and  working   through  challenges  in  their  lives  –   sometimes  even  tragedy  –  while  also   maintaining  their  learning.  Their  role   cannot  be  trivialised.   It  is  a  real  pity  if  these  people  are  in   any  way  seen  as  being  on  the  fringes  of   education.  That’s  certainly  not  the  case  here.   Student  services  staff  work  with   our  most  marginalised  students  and   it’s  a  cruel  irony  that  they  are  being   marginalised.  We  would  like  to  see  them  

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shown the  same  amount  of  respect  and   compassion  that  is  shown  to  students. The  issue  has  galvanised  support  from   staff  at  St  Agnes,  who  voted  unanimously   in  favour  of  the  IEU  resolution.     We  all  have  to  show  our  support.  You   have  to  make  a  stand  and  say  ‘What   are  you  doing?’  The  CEO  has  a  right  to   restructure  but  there  must  be  a  better   way.  Economic  rationalism  doesn’t  have   a  place  here.   It  leaves  a  sour  taste  in  the  mouth  and   one  does  wonder  if  we  will  all  eventually   be  weighed  to  see  how  much  we  are   contributing  to  the  bottom  line.  Who  will   be  next? We  must  maintain  a  focus  on  student   need.  

A loss  for  students

I just  wanted  to  register  my   angst  at  the  potential  loss  of  school   counsellors.   These  positions  are  so  important  to   many  teenagers  as  they  pass  through  the  


Make the  effort Peter  Confeggi,  Parish  Priest St  Patrick's  Parish,  Blacktown

Margaret McDonald Student  Services  Support  Staff,   St  Andrews  College  Holy  Family   Campus,  Marayong


troubles of  puberty  etc.  and  are  affected  by   new-­age  issues  (eg  Facebook  and  eating   disorders)  as  well  as  the  tragedies  of  losing   a  loved  one  or  a  troubled  home-­life.   The  support  offered  by  these  staff   cannot  be  underestimated  and  whilst   I  am  not  privy  to  the  details  of  the   restructure  proposed  by  the  Parramatta   CEO,  I  am  saddened  to  think  that  this   avenue  may  be  not  be  available  in  the   future  or  that  students  may  lose  contact   with  someone  they  have  come  to  know,   trust  and  rely  on.  I  just  wanted  to  provide  feedback  on   this  important  issue  and  to  feel  that  I   have  expressed  my  concern  to  someone.

Given the  biblical  imperative  to   care  for  those  with  greater  needs   and  fewer  resources  and,  in  my   own  Catholic  community  the   declared  preferential  open  door   for  the  poor,  every  effort  needs   to  be  made  to  sustain  resources   for  those  with  special  educational   needs.


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Fighting for  workers’  rights  a  family  affair Lee  Mullaly  and  her  son  Sean  celebrate   the  influence  of  a  union-­orientated  family   in  inspiring  them  to  take  up  Rep  roles  at   their  respective  schools.  But  their  sights   are  set  on  those  without  the  benefit  of   this  background,  they  tell  Newsmonth   Journalist  Tara  de  Boehmler.   Did  you  grow  up  on  trade  union  politics  with   your  cornflakes  in  the  morning?   For  mother  and  son  Lee  and  Sean  Mullaly,   trade  unions  and  Australian  politics  were  the   topics  du  jour  at  many  a  meal,  so  it’s  little  wonder   both  have  become  IEU  Reps.   “Sitting  around  the  dinner  table,  we  spoke  about   unions  and  politics  constantly,”  says  Lee  of  her   formative  years. “Our  family  has  a  really  strong  union   background  and  it’s  always   been  part  of  my  life.  My   mother  and  aunt  worked  at   Trades  Hall  in  secretarial   roles  and  my  father  was   very  active  in  the  Federated   Clerks  Union.   “So  much  of  what  they   used  to  say  is  still  with  me.”   Lee  has  been  teaching   for  32  years  and  joined  the   Union  early  in  her  career.  She  is  the  Rep  at  St   Aidan’s  Catholic  Primary  School  Maroubra.  Sean   has  been  teaching  for  four  years  at  Marcellin   College  Randwick  and  took  on  the  Rep  role  just  a   few  months  ago.     “I  joined  the  IEU  as  soon  as  I  finished   university  and  just  stepped  into  the  Rep’s  role   a  few  months  ago,”  Sean  says.  “I’m  right  at  the   beginning.” “My  family  connections  and  mum  having  been  in   the  Union  all  this  time  have  been  strong  influences   and  the  previous  Rep  suggested  the  role  to  me  as   he  knew  I  had  a  strong  interest  in  politics  and  the   Union.” Sean  and  Lee  are  committed  to  all  members  at   their  schools  and  to  letting  non-­members  know  

the benefits  of  joining.  Lee  now  enjoys  almost  full   membership  among  teachers  at  her  school.  But   both  of  them  prefer  the  subtle  approach  and  are   particularly  passionate  about  recruiting  new  staff   members. “I  never  use  words  like  must  or  should  in  terms   of  joining,”  Lee  explains.  “I  tell  them  about  the   history  of  the  Union  and  how  they  supported   Catholic  teachers  when  they  didn’t  have  parity   with  government  schools  and  how  they  continue   to  work  for  us. “People  have  become  complacent  and  lost   their  understanding  of  how  hard  unions  work  to   get  us  all  we  have  and  to  keep  maintaining  and   improving  on  our  salaries  and  conditions. “I  let  them  know  they’ll  get  the  pay  rises  anyway   but  that  I  feel  it’s  my  responsibility  to  support   and  be  a  part  of  that  process.   I  also  stress  the  security   afforded  to  young  people  by   being  in  a  Union  and  how  it   assists  with  the  Institute  and   accreditation.” Sean  says  he  is  “really   lucky”  to  be  working  in  a  good   school  that  is  so  supportive   of  beginning  teachers.  “It’s   also  good  knowing  the  Union   provides  new  teachers  with  support  around   Institute  requirements.” “As  a  younger  teacher,  membership  means   having  all  this  support  and  knowing  you  won’t  be   taken  advantage  of.” Sean’s  goal  as  Rep  is  in  synch  with  his  mum’s.     “I  would  love  to  get  more  young  teachers   involved.  We  have  70%  membership  here  and  we   really  need  to  educate  the  new  teachers  coming  in.   “As  a  young  person  myself,  one  of  the  main   reasons  I’ve  become  involved  is  to  make  other   young  people  aware  of  what  the  union  achieves   and  the  benefits  of  membership. “I’d  like  to  see  all  reps  encouraging  new  staff  to   become  involved  in  the  Union.”  

“Sitting around   the  dinner  table,   we  spoke  about   unions  and  politics   constantly.”

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Kendall Warren IEU  Organiser On  5  November,  the  IEU  held   its  annual  seminar  for  members   employed  in  the  ELICOS  and   private  college  sector. The  seminar  was  well  attended  and   looked  at  a  range  of  issues.  These   included  an  overview  of  the  industrial   landscape  applying  in  the  industry,  such   as  the  Fair  Work  Act,  the  modern  award,   enterprise  agreements,  unfair  dismissal   and  some  predictions  on  what  a  possible   Abbott  Government  might  mean. Participants  were  also  addressed  by   Bernard  O’Connor  from  NGS  Super,  who   was  able  to  answer  many  questions  from   those  present  about  the  ins  and  outs  of   superannuation.  The  seminar  finished  up   with  a  short  presentation  on  dealing  with   difficult  people,  including  tips  on  how  to   conduct  oneself  in  such  situations.   Feedback  from  the  participants  was   positive,  and  the  Union  will  hold  a   similar  meeting  in  2013.

‡ The  Union  continues  to  bargain   with  various  employers  for  a  number   of  enterprise  agreements.  The  most   advanced  of  these  is  with  Navitas  English     (formerly  ACL),  though  the  parties  are   still  some  way  apart  on  salaries.   The  IEU’s  current  claim  is  for  15%  over   three  years,  while  Navitas’  most  recent   offer  is  around  5.5%.  Officers  from  the   Union  will  soon  be  visiting  all  of  the   centres  to  discuss  what  action  could   be  taken  to  move  these  negotiations   forward. ‡  Negotiations  are  proving  more   fruitful  at  Insearch,  the  language  school   attached  to  UTS.  Neither  party  is  seeking   anything  too  difficult,  and  management’s   initial  salary  offer  was  reasonable,  and  so   the  Union  is  confident  that  a  settlement   can  be  reached  by  the  end  of  this  year.   ‡  Negotiations  are  ongoing  at  both   UoW  College  (attached  to  Wollongong   University)  and  UWS  College.  These  

negotiations have  been  held  in  concert   with  other  unions.  UoW  College  also   has  the  additional  complication  of  a   university  review  into  the  future  of     the  College.   Nevertheless,  the  IEU  remains   confident  that  a  settlement  can  be   reached  at  both  colleges  early  in  2013. ‡  Negotiations  will  soon  commence   with  the  EPIA  group  of  colleges,  a  loose   alliance  of  English  colleges  that  come   together  to  bargain  (the  actual  colleges   are  Access,  Australian  Pacific  College,   Kaplan,    Sydney  College  of  English,   Specialty,  SELC  and  Universal).  The   Union  has  now  met  with  teachers  at   every  college  and  we  are  now  finalising   the  Log  of  Claims. ‡  Negotiations  are  also  soon  to   commence  at  Think:  Education  (formerly   Billy  Blue),  who  have  elected  to  negotiate   on  their  own  this  time  around.

‡ Enterprise  agreements  usually   contain  provisions  which  are  superior  to   those  in  the  award,  and  the  Fair  Work   Act  2009  contains  a  mechanism  for   starting  negotiations  with  your  employer.   This  is  known  as  good  faith  bargaining,   and  is  enforceable  in  circumstances  where   a  majority  of  employees  wish  to  negotiate.   If  you  would  like  to  hear  more  about  how   this  might  work  in  your  college,  contact   me  at This  will  be  the  final  Present  Tense  for   the  year,  but  we  will  back  again  in  2013.   In  the  meantime,  enjoy  the  summer.

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Expanded program  of  women’s  events The  IEU  will  run  an  expanded   program  of  women’s  activities  next   year,  due  to  their  popularity  in   2012,  IEU  Assistant  Secretary  Pam   Smith  writes. The  IEU’s  Women  in  Education   Committee  held  a  teleconference  on     17  October  to  review  this  year’s  Women’s   Conference  and  to  begin  planning  for  the   year  ahead. Input  to  the  Committee  was  also   received  from  recent  regional  events  such   as  at  Lismore  on  26  October,  Canberra  on   13  November  and  Parramatta  on     21  November.

Key themes  for  the  Committee  in  2013   will  include: ‡        workplace  engagement  and  activism ‡        fair,  safe  and  inclusive  workplaces ‡        career  development  and  leadership            opportunities  for  teachers  and  support        staff,  and ‡social  justice  and  inclusion. While  there  is  not  a  specific  IEU   Women’s  Conference  scheduled  for  2013,   women  members  are  encouraged  to   participate  in  the  Indigenous  Education   Conference  on  15  March  and  the  Support   Staff  Conference  on  23  August,  as  well  

other IEU  conferences  and  events. An  expanded  regional  program  of   gatherings  will  include  Bathurst  on  7  March   and  a  proposed  Riverina  event,  as  well  as   the  usual  forums  in  Wollongong,  Newcastle,   Port  Macquarie,  Tamworth,  Lismore,   metropolitan  Sydney  and  the  ACT. The  Committee  will  also  link  in  with  the   work  of  the  IEUA  Women’s  Committee,   with  Unions  NSW  and  Unions  ACT   women’s  initiatives  and  with  community   organisations  as  appropriate. In  addition,  the  Union  will  also   continue  to  engage  with  diocesan  EO   committees  as  they  transition  to  a   Workplace  Gender  Equality  focus  under  

the changes  to  Federal  legislation. When  appropriate,  this  engagement  will   include  policy  review  and  development   and  joint  professional  development   initiatives. Where  possible,  IEU  regional  women’s   forums  will  be  registered  with  the  NSW   Institute  of  Teachers  for  purposes  of   maintenance  of  accreditation. Contact  the  IEU  for  further  information   or  assistance  in  regard  to  workplace   equity  issues.

WHS Training days Five-­day training for elected health and safety reps All training to be held at IEU 485-­501 Wattle Street, Ultimo

Term 1 Part 1, 25-­27 February. Part 2, 18-­19 March. Term 2, Part 1, 20-­22 May Part 2, 17-­18 June Term 3, Part 1, 5-­7 August Part 2, 26-­27 August Term 4 Part 1, 28-­30 October Part 2, 18-­19 November

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True flexibility  a  win-­win “I’m  so  relieved  I  don’t  have   to  give  up  my  job,  which  I  was   facing.  And  I  feel  proud  knowing   this  will  benefit  others  in  the   Lismore  Diocese.”

The right  to  work  part-­time  is  no   longer  capped  at  two  years  for  those   returning  from  maternity  leave  in   the  Lismore  Diocese,  and  an  IEU   member  is  thrilled  she  decided  to   take  a  stand,  Newsmonth  Journalist   Tara  de  Boehmler  writes. For  two  years  Michelle  Lawler  has  been   dreading  an  impending  decision  between   her  work  and  family  which,  financially,   would  have  forced  her  to  quit  her  job  or   return  to  work  full  time. The  St  Peter’s  Primary  School,  Port   Macquarie,  Teacher  worked  full-­time   before  taking  maternity  leave.  What  she   could  not  reconcile  was  why,  when  she   returned,  she  was  only  given  the  option  to   work  part-­time  for  two  years  or  lose  her   right  to  take  back  her  full-­time  status  in   the  future.  

“The biggest  blow  for  me  was  that  we   were  always  talking  about  pastoral  care   and  caring  for  kids  but  I  didn’t  feel  it  was   flowing  to  staff,”  she  says. The  logistical  excuses  didn’t  satisfy   Michelle,  who  says  it  is  generally   straightforward  for  a  person  going  part-­ time  to  recommend  colleagues  to  share   their  role  with.   “I  really  think  the  benefit  of  keeping   experienced  staff  far  outweighs  any   challenges  in  having  to  work  with  a  part-­ time  arrangement  for  a  limited  period,”   Michelle  says. “Students  have  responded  well  to   having  two  teachers  with  a  range  of   strengths  and  interests. “It’s  also  widely  recognised  that  skills   you  build  as  a  parent  are  beneficial  to  the   workplace.

“I was  the  first  person  to  push  the  issue.” Michelle  spoke  to  her  Union,  which   approached  the  Catholic  Education     Office  Lismore.   “At  first  the  CEO  wouldn’t  give  any   ground  but  the  Union  continued  to  push. “The  Union  said  it  was  prepared  to  take   the  issue  to  Fair  Work  Australia  as  this   had  been  cropping  up  a  fair  bit  in  our   Diocese.” Finally  the  CEO  confirmed  Michelle   would  be  able  to  retain  her  full-­time   position  while  working  in  a  part-­time   capacity.  It  also  committed  to  adjusting   the  Diocese’s  Flexible  Work  Policy,   ensuring  others  could  enjoy  genuine   flexibility. Thanks  to  the  decision  Michelle,  who   has  a  five-­year-­old  boy  and  a  two-­and-­a-­ half-­year-­old  girl,  is  now  able  to  return    

to work  full  time  when  they  are  both     in  school. “This  outcome  means  so  much  to   me.  Because  I  waited  until  we  were  in  a   position  where  I  could  work  part-­time,     and  it  was  my  personal  preference  not  to   rely  on  daycare.  This  has  been  churning   my  guts  for  the  past  few  years. “I’m  so  relieved  I  don’t  have  to  give  up   my  job,  which  I  was  facing.  And  I  feel   proud  knowing  this  will  benefit  others  in   the  Diocese.”   IEU  Assistant  Secretary  Mark  Northam   says  the  Diocese  “should  be  applauded   for  taking  a  new  direction  in  terms  of   effectively  managing  part-­time  work   following  maternity  leave”.

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“Speaking to  an  MP  personally  is   more  powerful  than  anything  you   could  do  in  writing.”

Maria and  colleagues   with  Gareth  Ward  MP,   and  Mr  Ward  (front  row   second  from  left)  in  his   preschool  days.

The personal  touch MP  visits  do  make  a  difference   when  it  comes  to  getting  politicians   to  take  notice  of  the  issues  around   the  Teachers  are  Teachers  campaign   for  pay  equity. For  some  time  now  the  IEU  has  been   urging  early  childhood  teachers  to  visit   their  local  MP  to  talk  about  the  Teachers   are  Teachers  campaign. Maria  Whitcher  from  Kiama  Preschool   has  achieved  this  goal,  along  with   some  colleagues  from  Jamberoo  and  St   Columba’s  Preschools. They  visited  Kiama  Liberal  MP  Gareth   Ward  a  few  weeks  before  the  pay  equity   issue  was  debated  in  State  Parliament. It  just  so  happened  that  Mr  Ward  was  a   former  student  of  Kiama  Preschool,  and   Maria  was  able  locate  two  old  pictures  of   him  at  the  Preschool. “I  made  a  little  poster  with  the  picture   and  wrote  ‘from  preschool  to  parliament,  

thank your  preschool  teachers’  on  it. “Straight  away  it  created  a  more  relaxed   environment.  We  were  no  longer  talking   to  a  politician,  just  a  person.” While  not  every  teacher  or  director   has  the  advantage  of  talking  to  a  former   student,  the  face-­to-­face  contact  with  the   politician  is  crucial. “He  was  totally  unaware  of  the  issues   until  we  spoke  to  him.  Before  the  election   we  spoke  to  the  other  MP,  Matt  Brown,   and  he  was  also  unaware. “There’s  no  need  for  anyone  going   to  talk  to  a  politician  to  feel  nervous  or   unconfident,  because  we  are  the  experts   in  this  field  informing  them. “Gareth  seemed  to  listen  and  be  grateful   for  our  visit.  We  explained  how  teachers   are  penalised  for  choosing  early  childhood   over  schools  and  we  have  invited  him  to   come  and  visit  the  preschool,  which  he   has  accepted.

“Speaking personally  to  them  is  more   powerful  than  anything  you  could  do  in   writing.” During  the  Parliamentary  debate  on   the  issue,  which  resulted  in  bipartisan   support  for  the  notion  of  pay  parity  for   early  childhood  teachers  with  school   teachers,  Mr  Ward  acknowledged  his  visit   and  spoke  at  some  length,  praising  the   work  of  early  childhood  teachers. “The  achievements  at  our  centres  are   no  accident.  The  research  tells  us  that  a   strong  link  between  teacher  qualifications   and  good  learning  outcomes  in  schools  is   resonant.  The  links  are  equally  relevant   in  early  childhood.  NSW  has  the  best   qualified  early  childhood  workforce  in  the   country.” However,  he  also  said:  “wages  and   conditions  of  teachers  …  are  a  matter   for  negotiations  between  employers  and   employees.”

Maria said  the  idea  that  wages  are   supplied  by  either  the  employers   or  the  Federal  Government  was  a   misunderstanding  that  cropped  up   frequently  among  politicians  and  could  be   discussed  in  a  personal  visit. Prior  to  the  parliamentary  debate,   a  number  of  MPs  attended  a  briefing   organised  by  the  IEU. These  included  John  Sidoti   (Drummoyne),  Richard  Torbay  (Northern   Tablelands),  Lynda  Voltz  (MLC),  Carmel   Tebbutt  (Marrickville),  Luke  Foley   (MLC),  Thomas  George  (Lismore),   Kevin  Connolly  (Riverstone),  Greg  Aplin   (Albury),  Clayton  Barr  (Cessnock),  Bruce   Notley-­Smith  (Coogee)  Scot  McDonald   (MLC),  with  Pru  Goward  and  David  Elliot   sending  representatives.   All  of  these  MPs  would  be  ripe  for  a   follow-­up  visit,  as  would  those  who  have   so  far  had  no  contact  with  the  campaign.

Cakes, heritage  and  commitment Keiraville  Community  Preschool   Director  and  early  childhood   advocate  Margaret  Gleeson  shares   her  thoughts  about  why  she’s  a   proud  supporter  of  the  Teachers  are   Teachers  campaign  for  wage  parity   in  the  NSW  early  childhood  sector   and  what  keeps  her  going.   Our  preschool  celebrated  its  60th   birthday  this  year  and  collected  memories   from  past  associates.  One  memory   shared  by  one  of  our  three  founding   mothers  helps  to  keep  me  focused  on   the  commitment  we  all  need  to  have  to   children’s  education. “In  the  very  early  days  numbers   dropped  off  and  in  order  to  raise  enough   money  to  pay  the  teacher  we  had  a  cake   stall  every  Friday  morning  outside  the   Keiraville  Post  Office.  We  all  baked  cakes   each  Friday  (or  Thursday).  We  were   joined  by  an  old  lady,  Mrs  Blackburn,  


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whose family  were  grown  but  she  still   supported  us  regularly.” Today  my  wage  does  not  rely  on  a  cake   stall.   As  the  sole  wage  earner  of  our  family   I  have  been   asked  why  I   stay  in  early   childhood   when  I  could  be   earning  more   elsewhere.   The  answer   includes   concepts   such  as:   responsibility,   opportunity,  community,  legacy  and   heritage.   In  1952  three  local  mothers  saw  the   need  for  preschool  education  and  with   pioneering  spirit  they  did  something  

about it.   Their  willingness  to  bring  about  positive   change  in  their  community  has  resulted   in  a  strong  educational  foundation  for   thousands  of  children  over  these  years.   Their  efforts   set  a  vision  that   has  been  an   inspiring  legacy   for  many,  many   people  and   continues  to   inspire  me.   Throughout   my  career  in   early  childhood   I  have  felt  a   sense  of  responsibility  to  help  pressure   for  the  rights  of  children  and  families.   It  is  sad  to  reflect  there  are  many  areas   needing  this. Too  often  lip  services  is  given  to  

“Joining the  campaign   and  advocating  for   children’s  education   helps  counteract  the   stresses  and  workload  of   a  standalone  service.”

children’s rights  and  they  are  not  fully   realised.  That  is  the  case  today.  Children   have  a  right  to  a  quality  education   provided  by  a  qualified  teacher.   In  early  childhood  education  we  risk   seeing  the  extinction  of  the  university   trained  teacher.  Governments  need  to   ensure  teachers  are  attracted  to  and   retained  in  early  childhood. Joining  the  campaign  and  advocating   for  children’s  education  helps  counteract   the  stresses  and  workload  of  a  standalone   service.   It  reinforces  the  positive  and  helps  to   answer  the  ‘why’  question  -­  Why  am  I   doing  this? When  things  feel  all  too  much,  it   helps  to  refocus  on  the  heritage  of  past   advocates.  It  is  also  reinvigorating  to  see   the  great  examples  of  leadership  from   early  childhood  advocates  around  the   state. on the ground

KidSmart guides  teachers  into  new  territories

The IEU’s  2012/13  IBM  KidSmart   Young  Explorer  training  was  held  at   Macquarie  University  in  November. “We  had  17  early  childhood   practitioners,  one  grandmother  and   10-­week-­old  Jimmy  in  attendance,”     IEU  Organiser  Tina  Smith  says.     Digi  Kids  author  Hanan  Harrison   delivered  a  vibrant  and  informative   workshop  that  gave  participants  ideas   on  how  to  integrate  computers  and   appropriate  software  programs  into  their   early  childhood  settings. Hanan  says  “technology  is  another   learning  tool,  not  an  add-­on”  and  that  

“ICT helps  to  develop  children’s  critical   thinking  skills”. She  provided  examples  of  how  ICT   could  extend  children’s  creativity  and   learning. For  example  it  could  be  used  to  turn  2D   concepts  such  as  directional  (left,  right,   north  south)  activities  from  the  IBM   Young  Explorer  software  program  into  3D   experiences  in  the  sandpit  or  for  group   activities.       The  training  also  allowed  participants   to  explore  a  range  of  software,  and  how   to  use  the  software  activities  to  extend  on   their  own  teaching  practices.

Hanan says  teachers  need  to  develop   “intentional  teaching  or  deliberate   practice”. “It  is  the  why,  what  and  how,  but   most  importantly  the  when  that  matters   when  teaching  certain  concepts  with  an   approach  that  is  thoughtful,  deliberate   and  with  purpose.   “We  need  to  be  selective  with  the   software  programs  that  we  use  with   children,  and  it  is  vital  that  we  use  correct   terminology  when  talking  with  parents.   These  are  not  games  but  a  software   program  that  children  are  using.” Participants  also  used  the  software  

program Moviemaker  to  make  mini   movies.   The  IBM  KidSmart  program  is  an   annual  IBM/IEU  initiative  that  provides   15  community  based  early  learning   services  with  up  to    $7000  worth  of   computer  equipment,  software,  training   and  ongoing  support. Some  participants  said  attending  the   workshop  “inspired  and  excited  them  to   use  the  computer  more  constructively  in   their  service”. They  reported  what  they  learned  at  the   training  was  “do-­able  and  fun  and  they   now  feel  “enthused,  confident  and  fuzzy”.

All the  hard  work  pays  off What  a  year  2012  has  been  for   early  childhood  services.  Along   with  massive  structural  shifts  like   the  introduction  of  the  National   Quality  Framework,  we’ve   seen  demands  on  teachers  and   directors  escalate. Members  around  the  state  got   empowered  and  visited  their  local   MPs  on  behalf  of  the  Teachers  are  

Teachers campaign  or  hosted  MPs  at   their  services.  MPs  have  relayed  how   important  this  step  is  for  their  own   understanding  of  the  issue.   Other  members  have  contacted  local   media  and  received  great  coverage.  A   recent  example  is  of  Margaret  Gleeson   from  Keiraville  Preschool  (featured   in  this  spread).  Follow  the  link  on   our  facebook  page  www.facebook.

com/teachersareteachers. Another   highlight  was  the  petition  of  over   12,000  signatures  presented  in  NSW   Parliament  in  October  by  Carmel   Tebbutt,  Shadow  Minister  for  Education   and  Training.  The  MPs  who  attended   and  spoke  on  the  issue  were  in  no  doubt   of  the  passion  of  those  supporting  this   campaign  thanks  to  the  groundwork  of   members.  

In 2013  we  will  be  contacting   members  in  electorates  where  MPs   haven’t  been  visited  to  line  up  an   appointment.  See  our  story  about  how   this  can  be  a  powerful  experience.  We   look  forward  to  working  with  you  next   year  and  thank  you  for  all  your  hard   work  on  getting  pay  equity  for  early   childhood  teachers.

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“Members were  extremely   upset  to  learn  about  the   changed  AIS  process  at  such   a  late  stage  and  without   warning.”

AIS fails  to  consult  Union  over   changes  to  Band  3  process Without  consultation  with   the  Union,  the  Association  of   Independent  Schools  (AIS)  and   the  Independent  Schools  Teacher   Accreditation  Authority  (ISTAA)   changed  the  agreed  process  for   Band  3  teacher  accreditation,   which  affects  salaries,  IEU  Officer   Elizabeth  Finlay  writes.   The  IEU  was  only  informed  after  the   decisions  had  been  made  and  the  new   evidence  guide  was  completed  and  posted   on  the  AIS  website The  Independent  Schools  Standards   Model  Teachers  Multi  Enterprise   Agreement  is  a  registered  industrial   agreement  negotiated  between  the  AIS   and  the  IEU.  The  process  for  Band   3  accreditation  is  referred  to  in  the   Agreement  and  can  only  be  changed  if  the   Union  agrees. Since  2007  teachers  in  independent   schools  have  met  the  Experienced  Teacher   Standards  that  have  been  based  on  and   linked  to  the  NSW  Institute  Standards.   During  this  time  many  changes  have   been  made  to  improve  the  process,  often   10

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at the  IEU’s  suggestion  and  always  in   consultation  between  the  AIS  and  the  IEU. On  10  October  this  year  ISTAA   notified  teachers  who  had  already   applied  for  2013  accreditation,  that   they  would  now  be  required  to  meet   different  standards  based  on  the  National   Teaching  Standards,  and  must  submit   their  evidence  using  a  digital  portfolio   developed  by  ISTAA. Teachers  who  are  eligible  to  complete   their  Band  3  accreditation  in  2013  are   allowed  to  collect  evidence  during  2012   and  2013.  Fifty  teachers  had  already   begun  work  using  the  existing  negotiated   process  and  standards.  Several  teachers   had  completed  a  significant  amount  of   their  documentation. In  addition,  a  number  of  last  year’s   applicants  had  deferred  for  personal   reasons,  many  having  completed  almost   all  of  their  documentation,  with  the   intention  of  submitting  in  August  2013. Members  were  therefore  extremely   upset  to  learn  about  the  changed  AIS   process  at  such  a  late  stage  and  without   warning.

Once alerted,  the  IEU  immediately   notified  the  AIS  about  specific  problems   and  insisted  that  the  evidence  guide   be  removed  from  the  website  until  the   required  consultation  had  taken  place. Significant  objections  included  the   timing  of  the  change  without  consultation,   issues  within  the  evidence  guide,  and   the  lack  of  a  phasing-­in  period  to   accommodate  individual  circumstances. We  did  not  agree  to  the  arbitrary   decision  to  accept  only  digital  portfolios   in  2013. Following  discussions,  the  Union  has   successfully  negotiated  changes  and   improvements.  For  example,  teachers  are   able  to  continue  using  the  2012  process   where  personal  circumstances  warrant  that. Teachers  can  apply  directly  to   Estelle  Lewis,  at  the  AIS  for  individual   consideration  of  their  circumstances  in   the  following  cases: ‡   ‡  

teachers who  had  deferred  from  the     2012  process  for  personal  reasons   teachers  who  have  already  completed  a     number  of  standards  for  the  2013    

process  using  NSW  standards,  and ‡ teachers  who  are  unable  to  submit  a       digital  portfolio. As  well  as  these  changes,  adjustments   to  assist  teachers  have  been  made  to  the   evidence  guide  and  the  revised  document   is  now  back  up  on  the  ISTAA  website. Unfortunately,  teachers  have  lost  four   valuable  weeks  of  the  process  due  to   the  inability  of  the  AIS  to  follow  agreed   industrial  procedures.  We  hope  that   in  the  future,  consultation  regarding   proposed  changes  will  take  place  before   their  release,  to  avoid  such  unnecessary   disputes. Since  2007  the  IEU  has  been  highly   successful  in  assisting  teachers  meet  Band  3     accreditation  requirements.  We  are   committed  to  continuing  to  support  our   members  with  accreditation  matters. Members  having  any  difficulty  can   also  contact  me  at  elizabeth@ieu.  for  assistance  and  support. on the ground

Above: Michelle  O’Keefe Far  right:Alex  Wharton Right:  Peter  Webster

Meet the  new  reps  on  the     Quality  Teaching  Council Three  new  teachers’   representatives  –  all  IEU  members   –  have  been  appointed  to  the   Quality  Teaching  Council,  which   acts  as  an  advisory  group  to   the  NSW  Institute  of  Teachers.   Newsmonth  Journalist  Sue  Osborne   finds  out  what  makes  them  tick. Moved  to  motivate Helping  teachers  be  the  best  they  can   motivates  Peter  Webster  both  in  his  role   as  a  new  principal  and  as  rep  on  the   Quality  Teaching  Council.   Peter  is  in  his  second  year  as  Principal   at  Hennessy  Catholic  College,  Young,   where  he  says  he  is  “rapt  in  his  staff’”. “I  see  my  role  as  developing  my  staff   and  the  Institute  is  all  about  that.  My   thoughts  are  in  alignment  with  the   Institute.” “I  have  been  an  advocate  of  the  Institute   in  my  previous  role  as  a  support  person   for  schools,  principals  and  New  Scheme   Teachers  with  Sydney  CEO  and  I  can  see   the  benefits  of  the  Institute. “I  expect  policies  and  procedures  of   the  Institute  to  go  to  the  Council  for   comment. “I  see  the  role  of  the  rep  to  be  up-­to-­ date  with  the  current  research  and  able  to   advise  on  the  development  of  policies  and   procedures.” Peter  will  be  taking  the  views  of   principals  from  the  Catholic  sector   back  to  the  Council,  and  he  will  be  open   to  principals  and  principals’  groups,   including  the  IEU. “The  IEU  has  the  capacity  to  convey   the  views  of  a  large  number  of  principals,   which  is  always  valued. “The  accreditation  process  can  be   beneficial  to  young  teacher  and  mentors  if   done  right.

“If they  go  through  a  healthy  process   then  it’s  a  win  for  the  supervisor  and  sets   the  new  teacher  up  for  success. “I’ve  seen  some  fantastic  examples  of   New  Scheme  Teachers  being  assisted  by   their  supervisors  in  my  role  at  Sydney  CEO. “If  the  New  Scheme  Teacher  is  not   supported,  that’s  a  challenge.  We  need  to   ensure  there’s  consistency  and  support   allocated. “What  I  like  about  the  Institute  is  that  it   encourages  lifelong  professional  learning. “Teachers  should  be  up-­to-­date  and   learners  in  their  classrooms  and  schools.” Peter  is  also   a  member  of   the  Professional   Learning   Endorsement   and  Advisory   Committee  for  the   Institute,  so  has   a  long  history  of   working  for  it. “I’m  excited  to  be  working  with  quality   peers  from  all  sectors  –  working  with   quality  educators  has  always  been  a   privilege. “Teachers  make  the  difference  and  my   goal  being  on  the  Council  is  to  be  able  to   develop  our  profession.”

the north-­western  suburbs  of  Sydney. It’s  his  first  school  since  graduating   from  university  and  he’s  in  his  second   year  teaching  English  to  Year  5  through  to   Year  12  students.   He  has  appreciated  the  support  of  a   mentor  at  the  school. “I  found  accreditation  challenging  but   actually  quite  helpful  to  reflect  on  my   practice  and  document  my  work. “Becoming  a  representative  on  the   Council  is  a  way  I  can  give  back  a  bit  more. “I  will  try  and  make  myself  available   to  teachers  through  social  media,  as  I  am   active  on  Twitter   and  Facebook  and   have  a  blog. “I’m  really   enthusiastic   about  the  work   of  teachers  and  I   want  to  connect   with  others.  “I’m  conscious  representing  other   teachers  is  a  great  privilege  and  I’m   sensitive  to  being  true  to  other  New   Scheme  Teachers  and  their  views. “I’m  aware  all  schools  are  different,  so   it’s  hard  to  make  generalisations. “I’m  going  into  the  Council  with  a   positive  attitude.  The  focus  is  all  about   quality  teaching  and  lifelong  learning  for   teachers. “The  intentions  of  the  Institute  and   Council  are  good  in  that  they  seek  to  raise  the   profile  of  teaching,  which  we  always  need. “I  will  attend  the  meetings  hoping  that   we  will  make  positive  changes  that  will   help  teachers  at  the  coalface.” You  can  contact  Alex  at  awha2109@uni.  or  on  twitter  @whartonag

“It’s about  how  the   Institute’s  policies  and   procedures  affect  the   workload  of  teachers.”

Help at  the  coalface New  Scheme  Teacher  Alex  Wharton   found  going  through  accreditation  a   positive  experience,  but  he  is  aware  this  is   not  the  case  for  all  early  career  teachers.  Alex  sees  his  role  on  the  Quality   Teaching  Council  as  representing  the   views  of  all  independent  school  New   Scheme  Teachers,  regardless  of  their   views  of  the  Institute.  Alex  teaches  at  William  Clarke  College,   a  large  Anglican  independent  school  in  

Change from  the  inside  out Michelle  O’Keefe  makes  no  bones  

about her  disenchantment  with  the   accreditation  process.  Indeed  she  wrote   about  exactly  that  in  Newsmonth  (April   2012  edition,  page  6). But  Michelle  has  decided  to  become  part   of  the  process  in  order  to  fix  the  problem.   She  will  represent  Catholic  systemic   teachers  on  the  Council  with  a  view  to   facilitating  change  from  the  inside  out. Michelle  teaches  Year  6  at  Our  Lady   of  Mt  Carmel  Primary  School  in  western   Sydney  and  is  also  secretary  of  the   Union’s  Lansdowne  Branch  and  an  IEU   Council  member.   She  has  a  wide  network  of  New  Scheme   Teachers  and  of  course  can  access  people   through  her  Union  activities,  and  she   plans  to  take  their  views  back  to  the   Quality  Teaching  Council “It’s  not  just  my  opinion.  It’s  common   things  that  we  always  talk  about  and   that  come  up  every  time  the  Institute  is   mentioned,”  Michelle  says. “It’s  about  how  the  Institute’s  policies   and  procedures  effect  the  workload  of   teachers. “The  workload  issues  around   accreditation,  like  having  to  repeat  the   same  elements  five  years  after  you  did   them  before,  need  looking  at.  It’s  little   things  that  could  make  it  easier  for   teachers.” “I  thought  this  role  would  give  me     an  opportunity  to  make  an  impact  for     the  better.  “ Michelle  has  already  had  success   affecting  change  by  passing  a  motion   at  the  Lansdowne  Branch  about  the   Institute’s  professional  development   requirements.  This  motion  was  taken   further  and  part  of  the  motion  is  now   NSWIT  policy.       She  hopes  to  continue  in  this  vein  on   the  Council. newsmonth -­ Vol 32 #8 2012

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Former Sapphires  singer  turned   school  Executive  Director  Lois   Peeler  will  be  keynote  speaker  at   the  IEU’s  Indigenous  Education   Conference  to  be  held  on  15  March   next  year,  Newsmonth  Journalist   Sue  Osborne The  conference  will  focus  on  National   standards  1.4  and  2.4,  and  will  promote   understanding  and  respect  for  Aboriginal   and  Torres  Strait  Islander  students  and   teaching  strategies  for  them. The  Ministerial  Council  of  Education,   Early  Childhood  Development  and  Youth   Affairs  intends  that  all  teachers  will  have  a   minimum  level  of  professional  expertise  in   both  Aboriginal  and  Torres  Strait  Islander   Education  and  Australian  Aboriginal  and   Torres  Strait  Islander  Studies. Measures  are  being  introduced  in   preservice  teacher  education  programs   nationally  and  through  consistent   national  registration  to  support  this   intention. Lois  toured  Vietnam  with  the  Aboriginal   singing  group  in  the  60s,  a  story  recently   made  into  a  popular  film.   However  she  preferred  not  to  talk  about   her  past  but  rather  focus  on  her  work  at   Worawa  Aboriginal  College  in  Healesville,   when  speaking  to  Newsmonth. For  the  past  two  years  Lois  has  been   Executive  Director  of  the  College  for   Aboriginal  girls  in  Years  7-­10. Her  sister  Hyllus  Maris  founded  the   College  30  years  ago,  and  Lois  has  been   Executive  Director  for  two  years,  since  the   College  became  all-­girls. Lois  says  the  College  takes  a  holistic   approach  to  provide  the  girls  with  an   education  that  integrates  their  culture  and   social  and  emotional  wellbeing  as  well  as   academic  achievement. Students  that  come  from  diverse  urban   and  remote  backgrounds  are  assessed   when  they  join  in  the  school  and  provided   with  personalised  learning  plans. The  school  also  provides  them  with   health  assessments  and  there  is  support   from  sociologists,  counsellors  and  a   weekly  GP  clinic. The  school  has  a  strong  cultural  program   and  will  open  a  new  unit  for  the  teaching  of   Aboriginal  languages  next  year. “At  Worawa  the  whole  program  is   based  on  Aboriginal  values.  We  have   respect,  responsibility  and  our  program  is   delivered  with  vigour,”  she  says. The  school  recently  held  a  successful   fashion  show  in  which  students  designed   12

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the fabrics  and  costumes  and  staged  the   performance. At  the  IEU’s  Indigenous  Education   Conference,  Lois  will  speak  about  what   the  school  has  found  works  well  and   “the  cultural  elements  which  are  just  as   important  to  achieve  academic  success”. “The  holistic  approach  to  balance   emotional  and  social  wellbeing  can  benefit   all  students,”  Lois  says.   Tradition  and  practice The  other  conference  speaker  Dr  Zane   Ma  Rhea  is  from  the  Faculty  of  Education   at  Monash  University  and  she  specialises   in  the  relationship  between  culture,   professional  practice  and  organisational   transformation. Dr  Ma  Rhea  heads  up  research   investigating  National  Professional  

Making changes Principal  Patrick  Ellis  will  present  a   workshop  on  affecting  whole  school  change. In  a  previous  interview  for  Newsmonth   Patrick  talked  about  how  he  has  instigated   huge  changes  at  St  Therese’s  Community   School  in  remote  Wilcannia. St  Therese’s  is  an  infants’  school  of  33   Aboriginal  students  in  a  region  identified   by  COAG  as  needing  extra  support. Unemployment,  domestic  violence,   overcrowding  and  community  loss  and   grief  are  some  of  the  issues  affecting   students’  learning. Patrick  and  his  staff  have  also  taken   a  holistic  approach  to  teaching.  They   work  in  partnership  with  a  wide  range  of   agencies  to  support  the  community. They  provide  a  nutritional  program,  a   tooth-­brushing  program,  a  nose  blowing  

“At  Worawa  the  whole  program  is  based   on  Aboriginal  values,  we  have  respect,   responsibility  and  our  program  is   delivered  with  vigour.” Standards  for  Teachers  Standards  1.4  and   2.4  for  AITSL. Her  teaching,  supervision,  and   research  spans  Indigenous  leadership   development,  strategic  planning,   organisational  development,  professional   skills  development  in  mainstream  service   provision  to  Indigenous  and  traditionally   oriented  peoples,  and  theorising   knowledge  exchanges  within  the  complex   global  economy.   This  work  has  included  schools  across   Australia  and  internationally. Engaging  elders Lisa  Buxton  will  conduct  a  workshop  on   the  importance  of  engaging  with  elders. Lisa  is  an  influential  figure  in  the   Aboriginal  and  education  community.   A  Tulgigin  and  Munaljahli  woman  from   Yugambeh  Language  region,  she  is  the   Indigenous  Adviser  for  the  Eastern   Region,  Archdiocese  of  Sydney. She  is  also  a  secondary  trained  teacher   who  has  experience  in  primary,  secondary   and  tertiary  settings.   Lisa  has  a  Masters  degree  and  is   currently  doing  her  PhD.  She  also   represents  the  IEU  on  the  Board  of   Studies  and  ACARA.  

session, speech  and  occupational  therapy   and  a  visiting  psychologist. The  school  focuses  on  the  individual   learner,  with  staff  meetings  to  discuss   their  needs,  abilities  and  interests.    “One  size  doesn’t  fit  all.  We’ve  done  a   lot  of  professional  development  with  staff   and  got  in  experts  to  look  at  what  we  were   doing  and  how  we  could  do  it  better,”   Patrick  says. Different  perspectives Annette  Gainsford  will  talk  about   Indigenous  perspectives  across  the   curriculum.  Annette  has  been  a  previous   speaker  at  IEU  Women’s  Conference,   where  she  talked  about  her  own  life  story. Annette  told  the  Conference  that  she   was  from  a  poor  family  with  an  Aboriginal   father  and  a  white  mother  who  was   illiterate. Neither  of  her  parents  valued  education   or  understood  the  importance  of   homework. She  attended  11  different  schools.   At  age  14  she  decided  to  leave  home  due   to  her  father’s  alcoholism  and  domestic   violence. Even  though  the  family  wasn’t  Catholic,   nuns  supported  her.  She  spent  six  months   in  a  children’s  home  where  she  met  

another girl  from  school,  and  they  could   do  their  homework  together. She  was  able  to  get  a  job  as  a  trainee   with  an  accountancy  firm,  but  found  it   “too  boring”. So  she  applied  for  an  office  job  at  All   Saints  College  in  Bathurst. “I  felt  my  achievements  and  abilities   were  honoured  at  All  Saints.    They  made   me  feel  like  I  had  something  to  offer.    I’ll   always  be  thankful  for  that.” Annette  started  working  in  the  boarding   college  and  became  head  of  Marsden   House.    After  14  years  helping  in  boarding   she  decided,  at  age  37,  to  train  as  a   teacher. “A  position  was  a  advertised  for  an   AEW  at  MacKillop  College,  Bathurst,  and   I  got  the  job.  With  it  came  a  university   block  release  program. “I  was  really  excited  and  grateful  for  the   block  release  program  at  the  Australian   Catholic  University,  as  this  meant  I  could   study  to  be  a  teacher.” The  block  release  program  is  specifically   designed  to  allow  Aboriginal  people  from   remote  areas  the  chance  to  study  for  10   days  each  term  at  the  Strathfield  campus,   thereby  not  leaving  their  communities  for   months  at  a  time.  “I  was  inspired  being  with  determined   and  talented  Aboriginal  women  gaining  a   better  life  for  their  families  and  tackling   great  challenges.” Annette  gained  a  Bachelor  of  Education   and  a  Diploma  of  Aboriginal  and  Torres   Strait  Islander  Education  and  Religious   Education  Certificate,  as  well  as  two   Dean’s  listings  for  academic  excellence. Annette  is  now  Assistant  Director  of   Boarding  at  MacKillop  and  is  Indigenous   Representative  on  the  EOWW  Bathurst   Diocesan  Committee. Dhinawan  Dreaming  will  explore   engaging  students  through  indigenous   stories  and  art.  Many  who  have  attended   previous  IEU  conferences  may  be  familiar   with  Dhinawan. He  is  a  well  know  entertainer  and  public   speak  who  has  won  the  Premier’s  Award   for  Education  and  Knowledge. He  uses  song,  dance  and  storytelling  to   promote  awareness  and  understanding   about  indigenous  Australia. To  register  for  the  Conference   contact  Odette  on  9779  3200  or   email feature

St  Therese's  Community  College  students  (left),  Annette  Gainsford   (above)  and  Lois  Peeler  with  IEU  Indigenous  Advisor  Diat  Callope  at   the  premiere  of  The  Sapphires  in  Victoria.

         5¡VIRU,PSURYLQJ ,QGLJHQRXV(GXFDWLRQ 5HQHZDO5HWHQWLRQ 5HFRQFLOLDWLRQ Promoting understanding and respect for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander students.

FRIDAY 15 MARCH, 2013 MERCURE HOTEL SYDNEY Members $50 Non members $150 To register please contact Odette Neumann on 9779 3200 or


Keynote speakers Dr Zane Ma Rhea - Monash University

s increasing the capabilities of ALL practising teachers and school leaders to satisfy National Teaching Standards 1.4 and 2.4 s providing a framework to enable schools to develop a strong strategic aproach to addressing disproportionate educational disadvantages.

Review of best practices in Indigenous education and in-service professional development

Lois Peeler - Executive Director Worawa Aboriginal College

Lois will talk about how the College takes a holistic approach, providing students with an education that integrates their culture, social and emotional wellbeing and academic achievement.

WORKSHOPS INCLUDE: Dhinawan Dreaming - Engaging students through Indigenous stories and art. Annette Gainsford - Indigenous perspectives across the curriculum. Lisa Buxton - Importance of engaging local Indigenous elders. Patrick Ellis, St Therese’s Community School, Wilcannia - Effecting whole school change. Peter O’Beirne, Principals Australia Institute - Dare to Lead

NSW Institute of Teachers’ endorsed provider of Institute Registered professional development for the maintenance of accreditation at Professional Competence. Scope of Endorsement - Elements 2, 3, 4, 5, 6 and 7 of the Professional Teaching Standards This conference is NSW Institute Registered for 5 hours 15 minutes and Standards: 2.2.1; 2.2.3; 2.2.5; 4.2.3; 4.2.5; 5.2.3; 5.2.5; 6.2.6

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Labour Bites Irish  queue  to  emigrate

Irish union  and  community  groups   are  protesting  and  organising  street   demonstrations  to  call  attention  to   the  serious  impact  of  that  country’s   austerity  measures. Teachers,  nurses  and  engineers  are   leaving  Ireland  in  numbers  not  seen   since  the  potato  famine  and  heading   for  Canada,  the  USA,  Australia  and   New  Zealand  in  search  of  the  full  time   work  that  is  no  longer  available  at   home.  (Source:  Irish  Times) Out  of  the  mouths  of  babes

A saint  for  our  times

Dorothy Day  is  a  hero  of  the   Catholic  left,  a  fiery  20th-­century   social  activist  who  protested  war,   supported  labor  strikes  and  lived   voluntarily  in  poverty  as  she  cared   for  the  needy.  She  has  also  found  an   unlikely  champion  in  New  York’s   conservative  archbishop,  Cardinal   Timothy  Dolan,  who  has  breathed   new  life  into  an  effort  to  declare  the   Brooklyn  native  a  saint. In  November,  at  Cardinal  Dolan’s   recommendation,  the  United  States   Conference  of  Catholic  Bishops  voted   unanimously  to  move  forward  with   her  canonisation  cause,  even  though,   as  some  of  the  bishops  noted,  she  had   an  abortion  as  a  young  woman  and   at  one  point  flirted  with  joining  the   Communist  Party. “I  am  convinced  she  is  a  saint  for   our  time,”  Cardinal  Dolan  said  at  the   bishops’  meeting.  She  exemplifies,   he  said,  “what’s  best  in  Catholic  life”.   (Source:  The  New  York  Times) Unions  form  political  party

Rodrigo Medrano  Calle  is  a  Bolivian   labour  leader  who  meets  and  lobbies   top  government  officials  for  his   constituency’s  rights.  What’s  unusual   is  that  Rodrigo  is  just  14  years  old,   and  his  union’s  members  are  all   children. “I  started  working  when  I  was  nine,   and  I’ve  done  everything,  shining   shoes,  bus  driver’s  assistant,  selling.   I’ve  gone  through  most  of  the  jobs   common  for  child  and  adolescent   workers,”  said  Rodrigo.   “I  lived  on  the  street  for  a  time  and   was  going  in  the  wrong  direction,  but   then  I  found  the  movement,  and  it   gave  me  a  reason  to  be.” Rodrigo’s  organisation,  the  Bolivian   Union  of  Child  and  Adolescent   Workers  (Unatsbo),  represents   thousands  of  under-­18  year  olds.  The   organisation  seeks  to  bring  young   workers  together  to  defend  their   rights  and  promote  education.   In  Bolivia,  successes  include   organising  pay  rises  for  children  who   sell  newspapers  on  the  city  streets  of   Potosí  from  6c  to  12c  a  paper,  using   negotiations  and  the  threat  of  strikes. Rodrigo  believes  that  instead  of   attempting  to  end  many  forms  of  child   and  adolescent  work,  the  goal  should   be  ending  exploitation  by  creating   part-­time,  safe  and  better  paying  jobs   for  young  people  who  want  them.   (Source:  The  Guardian)  


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One of  Fiji’s  two  peak  union  bodies   has  announced  it  will  form  its  own   political  party  and  stand  at  the   elections  scheduled  for  2014.  In  recent   years  The  Fiji  Trades  Union  Congress   (FTUC)  has  had  an  increasingly  tense   relationship  with  the  Fiji  Labour  Party   which  it  helped  form. Daniel  Urai,  President  of  the  FTUC   says  the  Labour  Party  has  detracted   from  its  intended  aims  and  now  has   a  narrowness  of  view  and  represents   only  one  ethnic  group.  He  argues   that  the  Congress  is  prepared  to  risk   criticism  for  giving  legitimacy  to  the   coup  installed  military  government  by   standing  in  the  2014  elections  because   it  is  the  only  way  to  have  some  say  in   the  formation  of  the  next  government.   (Source:  ABC  Radio  Australia)

Attention IEU  artists By  press  time,  the  IEU  will  have  moved  into  its  new   Sydney  headquarters,  485-­501  Wattle  Street,  Ultimo. The  landmark  ‘Briscoe  Building’,  circa  1901,  is  a  heritage-­listed   Victorian  warehouse  with  Romanesque  windows,  which  was   derelict  for  several  decades  before  refitting  and  refurbishment  by   the  IEU. Over  the  next  five  years,  the  IEU  Executive  will  purchase  by   commission  a  collection  of  works  of  art  executed  by  our  members   to  display  in  the  public  areas  of  the  building  (meeting  rooms,   board  room,  training  room  and  corridors). The  Union  is  interested  in  all  media,  including  textiles,  painting,   drawing,  sculpture  and  photography. More  details  will  be  provided  throughout  2013  but  potential   contributors  might  consider  the  following  statement  as  an   indication  of  appropriate  themes  to  explore: “We  are  an  education  trade  union  committed  to  principles  of   equity,  inclusion,  fairness  and  social  justice. “We  have  a  great  sense  of  history  and  our  heritage-­listed   building  was  born  of  the  19th  century  as  an  iron  merchants’   warehouse  and  has  been  renovated  to  meet  our  administrative   needs  in  the  21st  century.” For  further  details  keep  an  eye  on  the  IEU’s  website  and   forthcoming  issues  of  Newsmonth. feature

Paper Boats  tell  of   journeys  to  Australia

GIVEAWAY To be  in  the  draw,  put  your  name,  membership   number  and  address  on  the  back  of  an   envelope  addressed  to  Paper  Boats  Giveaway,   NSW/ACT  Independent  Education  Union,     GPO  Box  116,  Sydney  NSW  2001  by  Friday     4  January.  

“I was  born  twice.  The   first  time  was  as  a  baby  girl   in  Afghanistan  in  1994.  The   second  time  was  as  a  teenager   when  I  landed  at  Sydney   airport  in  2005.” This  is  how  secondary  school   student  Fatima  Moradi  begins  her   story  of  family  life  in  a  country   ruled  by  the  Taliban,  their   move  to  Australia  and  how  they   adapted  to  a  completely  new  set  of   circumstances.   Fatima’s  story  is  one  of  21  short   stories  written  by  students  from   immigrant,  refugee  or  asylum  seeker   backgrounds,  which  are  featured   in  Yasar  Duyal’s  Paper  Boats:  An   anthology  of  short  stories  about  

journey’s to  Australia. As  a  Teacher  and  English   Coordinator  based  in  Victoria,   working  within  the  government  and   non-­government  school  system,   Yasar  says  he  came  up  with  the  idea   for  the  book  while  on  excursion  with   some  students. “I  really  wanted  to  work  with   refugee  students,”  Yasar  says.  “It   raises  these  students’  voices  and   ensures  they  know  their  stories   matter.  Using  this  book  in  class  will   also  ensure  mainstream  students   understand  what  teenagers  of   their  age  from  around  the  world  go   through  so  that  they  can  come  here   and  have  a  piece  of  freedom  and  a   normal  life.”    

Suitable for  upper  primary  and   lower  secondary  English  students,   each  story  is  designed  to  be   discussed  in  class,  and  includes   research  questions  and  writing   activities.   For  more  on  Yasar  and  Paper   Boats,  see  the  April  2013  edition  of   IE.   To  read  Paper  Boats  now,  order   from  Cambridge  University  Press  at  15%   of  net  sales  will  be  donated  at  a  girls’   school  in  Afghanistan  with  the  aid  of   the  Afghan  Red  Crescent  Society.   Or  try  your  luck  by  entering  our   giveaway.  

“Using this  book  in  class  will  ensure  students  understand  what   teenagers  from  around  the  world  go  through  so  that  they  can   come  here  and  have  a  piece  of  freedom  and  a  normal  life.”    

Shorts ‡Schools will  be  one  of  the  focus   areas  of  a  new  Federal  Government   anti-­racism  strategy.  The  first  step  of   the  implementation  of  the  strategy  will   be  a  public  awareness  campaign  with   the  tagline  Racism.  It  Stops  With  Me.   Over  the  next  three  years,  the  National   Anti-­Racism  Strategy  will  focus  on  five   key  priority  areas:  schools  and  higher   education,  the  media,  government   service  provision,  workplaces  and  the   internet.  More  information  on  the   National  Anti-­Racism  Partnership  and   Strategy  is  available  at: ‡Help  improve  the  lives  of  refugees  in   detention  centres  by  donating  a  musical   instrument,  or  offering  your  services   if  you  are  a  music  teacher.    Volunteer   music  teacher  Philip  Feinstein  is   coordinating  the  program.  Email

‡If you  need  things  to  do  over  the   holiday  season  that  don’t  break  the  bank   but  push  the  fun  button  why  not  visit   the  excellent  Go  Play  NSW  website.  It   has  activities  for  children  of  all  ages  ACT  members   can  discover  Canberra’s  natural  delights   with  ranger  activities: ‡What  helps  new  teachers  develop   resilience  and  staying  power?  This   evidence-­based  free  book  is  full  of  ideas,   reflections  and  stories  about  how  to   keep  new  teachers  in  the  profession.   Here’s  a  taste.  Emily,  a  new  teacher,   recounts  a  story  from  her  classroom:  “I   was  half  way  through  ‘sharing  time’  one   Wednesday  morning  when  one  little  boy   jumped  up  excitedly  –  he  really  wanted   us  to  hear  his  story.  He  told  us  all  about   how  he  went  for  a  joyride  in  a  car  with   his  12-­year-­old  brother  last  night  ...  and   that  wasn’t  the  best  part!  The  best  part  

was that  the  ride  happened  really  late,  at   midnight,  which  for  a  kid  aged  six  would   seem  pretty  cool”.  What  would  you  do   in  such  a  situation?  Find  out  what  Emily   did  on  page  83.  Download  at.   ‡What  happens  when  your  ethical   values  clash  with  those  of  your   employer?  Or  when  you  have  a  personal   ethical  dilemma  and  you’re  not  sure   what  to  do?  Ethi-­call  is  a  free  service   offered  by  St  James  Ethics  Centre  which   can  be  as  confidential  and  anonymous   as  you  want.  They  operate  during  week   days  by  appointment.  Ethi-­call  1800   672  303.

without buying  anything)  be  the  new   Christmas  sport  instead  of  shopping?   If  Christmas  is  scaring  you  find  solace   here  with  people  committed  to  finding   the  true  spirit  of  Christmas.  That  could   even  mean  putting  on  a  Christmas   musical  production  with  family/ friends!  Not  convinced?  Expore  www.   and  for  all  sorts  of   creative,  fun  ideas.

‡Should Santa  take  a  year  off,  hang   out  at  the  North  Pole  with  his  family   and  friends?  Should  whirl-­marting   (walking  around  department  stores   with  big  trolleys  in  a  conga  line  

‡Hungover? Here’s  a  list  of  the  weird   and  the  wonderful  to  deal  with  those   hammers  in  the  head.  Some  well  known,   some  not  and  some  very  amusing.  www.

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Women too often carry the burden of social inequality. These women are working to change that.

Of the world’s poorest people, it is estimated that 70% are women. With the support of Australian unionists and unions, Union Aid AbroadAPHEDA is working to redress this appalling gender imbalance.

L-R: Jessica Sequeira, Abelita da Silva, Ricar Pascoela, Ana Filomena Mariano and Henyta Casimira - some of the founding members of the Working Women’s Centre Timor-Leste. Photos by Shabnam Hameed.

Almost three-quarters of our projects are aimed at improving opportunities for women and, by doing this, improving their families’ lives too. In Timor-Leste, we are supporting women like Jessica, Abelita, Ricar, Ana and Henyta in a vital poverty reduction initiative. These community-minded women helped form the Working Women’s Centre TimorLeste, which is working to increase women’s workforce participation and improve incomes and working conditions.

Your solidarity will make a difference.

Union Aid Abroad APHEDA

The overseas humanitarian aid agency of the ACTU

You can support initiatives like this by becoming a Global Justice Partner. Visit or call 1800 888 674 to learn more.


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Inspired learning Do  you  have  problems   remembering  things?  Would  it   be  helpful  if  your  students  could   remember  things  better  too?  Try  The  site  is  based   on  the  concept  of  a  ‘mem’  (short   for  mnemonic),  which  can  be   anything  to  help  you  remember   better.  This  may  include  a  witty   sentence,  photo  or  remark  to   help  you  create  connections.  incorporates  a  variety   of  innovative  learning  techniques   including  imagery,  and  interconnects   these  through  the  use  of  games.     You  can  choose  from  a  list  of  new   things  to  learn,  including  a  host  of   languages,  programming  and  science.   Best  of  all,  the  site  is  free. Check  out  this  piece  from  the   Guardian  about  how  one  researcher   managed  to  learn  a  language  in  22   hours  (or  roughly  800  separate   words).  See education/2012/nov/09/learn-­ language-­in-­three-­months. ‘Gamification’  styled  teaching  (the   process  of  using  game  mechanics  to   solve  problems)  is  becoming  more   popular.  Researchers  say  the  use  of   games  is  positive  for  the  brain,  and   may  help  us  to  concentrate  longer  

and understand  increasingly  complex   concepts.  This  could  be  a  great   educational  resource  and  an  addictive   way  for  students  and  teachers  to  learn.   Best  of  all,  the  site  is  free. ‘Generation  G’  are  growing  up  with   the  internet,  consume  most  of  their   entertainment  via  gaming,  and  gaming   sculpts  the  way  they  see  their  world   and  by  extension,  how  they  view  their   school  work.   See  the  TED  speech  featuring   Gabe  Zichermann  on  children   gaming  at zichermann_how_games_make_kids_ smarter.html. Twitter  trending If  you’re  an  active  user  of  Twitter,   you  may  have  already  noticed  how   often  the  trending  Twitter  subjects   change  on  a  daily  basis.  Trending   topics  are  a  fabulous  way  of  keeping   track  of  the  Twittersphere  in  a  rapidly   changing  world,  where  news  and   popular  culture  trends  dictate  the   media  cycle  and  also  the  Twitter  feeds. Twitter  trends  range  from  the   obvious  such  as  #occupyWallStreet   and  #WorldToiletDay  to  the   politically  whimiscal  such  as   #thingsmorepopularthanAbbott,  a  

trending topic  that  became  the   biggest  in  Australia  recently. By  asking  Twitter  followers  to   engage  in  such  a  creative  manner,  a   brand’s  message  is  at  the  mercy  of  the   daily  Twitterverse  and  campaigns  may   live  or  die  by  their  effectiveness  on   these  social  media  platforms.  One  foul   move  and  you  can  bet  the  top  Twitter   peeps  will  be  trending  your  mistake  to   the  top  of  the  Twitter  stack. A  great  way  to  keep  an  eye  on   trends  is  to  use  a  separate  website   called  You  can  zoom   around  on  a  world  map  and  find  out   the  trending  topics  based  on  selected   locations.  See Cyber  bully  cop The  Coalition’s  cyber  bullying  policy   is  short  on  details,  but  does  point  to   a  larger  Government  effort  to  police   cyber  bullying  online. Mr  Abbott  said  he  would  create   the  position  of  an  online  ‘safety   e-­commissioner’,  part  cop,  part  big   brother,  keeping  an  eye  on  us.  See­ news/abbott-­proposes-­esafety-­ watchdog-­to-­combat-­ cyberbullying-­20121116-­ 29gm7.html.

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Win a book by one of Australia’s most talked about bloggers, Greg Jericho, in our ‘Like us on Facebook’ competition. Greg Jericho was outed by The Australian for his ‘Grog’s Gamut’ political blog, and has penned the book about his exploits in the rapidly changing Australian digital media scene. Rise Of The Fifth Estate: Social Media and Blogging in Australia, provides a thought-­provoking look into the power of new media technologies and how politicians engage with this medium – and often how they don’t. By liking us on Facebook, you can keep up to date with all the latest Union news and events.!/IEUNSWACT newsmonth -­ Vol 32 #8 2012

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Fond farewell  to   exchange  teachers Farewell  to  our  2012  visiting   exchange  teachers.    We  hope   that  your  experience  has  been   a  rewarding  one  and  that  you   take  home  many  memories  from   your  exchange  experience  so  that   others  may  benefit  from  your   time  here,  Exchange  Coordinator   Helen  Gregory  writes. Try  and  become  involved  in  your  local   exchange  leagues.    Those  who  attended   exchange  weekends,  dinners  and  walks   organised  by  the  NSW  ETL  would   realise  how  hard  the  regional  reps  and   central  committee  work  for  the  good  of   the  exchange  program. Farewell  to  our  outgoing  Year  2013   exchange  teachers.    You  are  off  to   some  exciting  (yet  cold)  destinations:     Alberta,  Ontario,  British  Columbia,   England  and  Scotland.    You  and  your   families  will  have  a  wonderful  year.     You  will  continue  to  receive  the  Union’s   publications  while  on  exchange  to  keep   abreast  with  all  the  news. We  are  still  accepting  applications  for   2014  –  for  all  provinces  in  Canada  (we   are  still  waiting  for  our  first  exchange  to   Prince  Edward   Island  –  it   could   be  

you), the  United  Kingdom,  Colorado  in   the  USA,  and  international  schools  in   Europe  (are  you  under  30  years  of  age  or   do  you  have  a  EU  passport?). Some  mid-­year  2013  exchanges  are   still  available.  You  start  in  September,   you  have  your  big  summer  break  before   your  exchange  commences  (you  don’t   arrive  in  the  depths  of  winter)  and  your   exchange  teacher  starts  here  at  the   beginning  of  Term  3  and  has  their  big   break  at  the  end  of  the  exchange.   These  are  becoming  popular  and   some  boards  in  Canada  will  only   consider  a  mid-­year  exchange  now.     Here  is  just  one  testimonial  from   Natalie  Douglas,  from  Canberra     to  Alberta: “I  found  the  exchange  was  one  of   the  best  professional  development   opportunities  that  I  have  participated  in   during  my  five  years  of  teaching.     I  highly  recommend  a  teacher  exchange   to  further  develop  teaching  skills   and  discover  the  differences  of  other   cultures.   “I  don’t  think  I  am  able  to  describe   in  words  what  an  extremely  incredible   and  rewarding  12  months  I  have   spent  in  Canada.  From  the   moment  Ally  arrived   from  the  Canberra   Airport  the  reality   of  the  exchange   started  to  set  in.   It  was  a  great   chance  for  us   to  meet  and   discuss  the  

differences in  schools  and  the  children   that  were  going  to  be  in  our  classes. “Another  thing  we  did  not  anticipate   was  the  connection  that  we  would  make   with  each  other’s  families.  They  became   our  family  away  from  home  and  have  now   travelled  to  see  where  we  were  living.” Natalie  and  her  exchange  partner     have  listed  some  benefits  from  their   mid-­year  exchange.

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Benefits for  Australian  teachers: VWDUWLQJWKHQHZVFKRRO\HDUDQG  having  the  same  class  for  the  whole  year WLPHWRSUHSDUHWKHFODVVURRPWLPHWR meet  staff  before  school  resumes RQERDUGZLWKVFKRROV\VWHPVDQG   programs  prior  to  students  commencing time  to  prepare  for  the  extreme  winter     weather,  and WLPHWRRUJDQLVHVHWWLQJXSKRPH   before  school  resumes.

Benefits for  overseas  teachers: ‡ RSSRUWXQLW\WRDUULYHLQ$XVWUDOLDDW     the  end  of  Term  Two  and  meet  the       class  they  are  going  to  be  teaching ‡ RSSRUWXQLW\IRUDSURJUDPKDQGRYHU   and  professional  discussions  with       exchanging  teacher ‡ RSSRUWXQLW\WRPHHW3ULQFLSDODQG   other  staff  members ‡ PLG\HDUZHHNKROLGD\VWLPHWR   understand  Australian  curriculum       and  school  programs,  and ‡ regular  holiday  breaks  and  opportunities       to  travel  within  Australia.” Available  exchanges Judith  teaches  Grade  4  at  Woodside   Junior  School  in  Croydon  in  London.       She  ideally  would  love  an  exchange  to   Sydney,  as  she  spent  six  months  there   last  year  working  as  a  teacher  for  a  child   protection  unit  in  Sydney.    

Judith is  a  Christian,  is  single   and  sporty,  and  has  a  two-­bedroom   apartment  available  for  exchange  in   Crystal  Palace,  with  amazing  views   across  London.   You  can  see  the  London  Eye,   Wembley  Stadium  and  Battersea  Power   Station.    The  area  still  retains  much  of   its  impressive  Victorian  architecture  and   is  eight  miles  from  the  centre  of  London.     Look  up   Anne  Marie  teaches  Maths  at   Resurrection  Catholic  Secondary  School   in  Kitchener.    She  also  has  qualifications   and  experience  in  instrumental  music   and  special  education.   Anne  Marie  is  Catholic,  married  with   three  daughters  and  has  a  large  three-­ bedroom  home  in  Waterloo  available  for   exchange.    The  incoming  teacher  must   be  Catholic. Kitchener/Waterloo  are  great   exchange  destinations.  Kitchener/ Waterloo  are  twin  cities  located  on  hour   to  the  east  of  Toronto  and  are  famous   for  their  farmers’  markets,  Oktoberfest   and  jazz  festivals.    Stratford,  one  of  the   most  prominent  art  festivals  in  Canada,   is  45  minutes  away.  Look  up default.html  .  So  if  you  want  to  experience  one  or   two  winter  festive  seasons  (depending   on  when  you  come  home),  download   an  application  from  the  IEU  website   (  and  click  on  teacher   exchange).  There  is  an  exchange  video   on  the  website  (on  the  IEU’s   homepage).    You  could  also  call  me   on  9779  3200  or  1800  467  943  or   email  a  brief  profile  to  helen@ieu.

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Postcards from  Canada

Unique and  wonderful Mike  Rodda,  from  Lumen   Christie  Catholic  College  in   Pambula,  on  exchange  to  Toronto   Canada  with  his  two  boys,  Sean   and  Taidhg. Leaving  our  backpackers  hostel  this   morning  we  are  stopped  by  an  American   public  radio  interviewer  in  the  foyer,   taken  into  a  quiet  room  and  grilled   with  questions.  What  seems  like  ages   later  we  emerge  to  finally  see  the  sights   of  Washington  DC.  Will  the  interview   ever  get  to  air?  Who  knows.  The   delay  regretted?  No  way.  Fully  

worthwhile to  see  my  14-­year-­old  field   his  half  of  the  questions  so  admirably   -­  just  one  of  our  unique  and  wonderful   travel  experiences  of  this  exchange.   Stresses?  Sure,  it  hasn’t  all  been   the  proverbial  holiday.  Driving  on  the   opposite  side  of  the  road,  in  snow,   to  a  school  I  realised  I  had  little  real   idea  how  to  get  to  could  be  defined   as  stressful.  Finances,  of  course,  as   too  the  perpetual  juggle  of  children   and  work,  albeit,  in  another  country.   Bogged  in  deep  snow  kilometres  from   anywhere.  The  moment  of  discovering   my  youngest  son  was  actually  quicker   than  a  squirrel  was  a  bit  scary,   leaving  multiple  teeth  marks  in   his  hand  from  the  displeased  

squirrel and  the  word  ‘rabies’  ringing  in   my  head.    All  turned  out  well,  and  sure,   like  all  exchanges  I’ve  had  moments  of   wanting  to  be  back  in  Australia  (mmm,   meat  pies).  However,  the  exchange  of   stories  and  support  of  fellow  Australian   exchangees  has  been  surprisingly   invaluable,  often  meeting  up  at  the   varied,  yet  all  excellent  ,  exchange   events  put  on  by  Canadian  ex-­exchange   teachers. The  concept  of  leaving  the  known,   that  is  family,  friends,  school,  sports,   known  timetables  and  places,  to  take   on  an  exchange  may  seem  slightly   stupid.  And  in  some  ways  it  is.  For  me,   a  single  parent  bringing  up  two  children   on  my  own,  may  seem  especially  so  to  

some. But  it  has  been  so  beneficial.  My   understanding  of  North  America  has   gained  much  depth  (though  now  I  am   possibly  filled  with  more  questions),  a   knowledge  I  know  will  be  beneficial  in   the  classroom.  My  own  children,  wow,   the  world  they  have  seen  and  tasted!   That  experience,  every  well  executed  ski   turn,  raft  paddle  stroke,  startling  vista,   new  tastes  and  smells,  the  seemingly   endless  campfires  under  the  stars  at   previously  unheard  of  locations,  even   every  received  bite,  goes  well  beyond   textbooks  and  movies  and  computer   games,  it  surely  has  to  have  been   worthwhile.  And  we  still  have  four  weeks   of  summer  holidays  to  go.

Dream come  true The  Roff  family  will  complete   their  12-­month  exchange  to   Canada  at  the  end  of  December.     Jenny  Roff,  from  O’Connor   Catholic  College  in  Armidale   NSW  is  on  exchanged  with  her   family  at  Calgary,  Alberta.   This  year  over  the  summer,   Calgary  celebrated  the  100th  Calgary   Stampede.  The  whole  city  turned  on   an  incredible  party  for  two  weeks   and  celebrated  100  years  of  cowboy   culture.  It  began  with  a  parade   through  the  city  streets,  and  was  then   followed  by  10  days  of  rodeos,  chuck   wagon  races  and  stage  shows,  along   with  the  usual  mix  of  show  rides  and   agricultural  displays. The  new  school  year  began  in   September,  and  I  was  surprised  to   find  that  I  was  teaching  grade  1  and   2  physical  education  as  well  as  grade   7  Canadian  social  studies.  Exchange   teachers  are  known  to  be  very  flexible,   and  even  though  I  was  well  out  of  my   comfort  zone  I  took  up  the  challenge   and  have  quite  enjoyed  the  little  ones   and  learned  a  lot  about  Canadian   history  and  the  fur  trade. It  didn’t  take  long  for  the  cold   weather  to  return.  There  was  no  gentle   easing  into  it,  just  a  sharp  drop  in   temperature  as  soon  as  fall  (autumn)   arrived,  followed  by  a  dump  of  snow.   By  this  time  we  were  beginning  to  look   forward  to  the  Australian  summer  at   the  end  of  the  year,  and  we  realised   why  so  many  Canadians  are  obsessed   with  warm  weather!

Damian has  enjoyed  a  break  from   Religious  Education  co-­ordinator  at   our  school  back  in  Armidale  NSW,   casual  teaching  in  many  different   Catholic  schools  around  Calgary,   and  he  has  had  time  to  keep  fit  and   exercise  regularly,  which  has  been  an   unexpected  benefit.   Our  four  children  aged  16,  15,  10   and  9  will  return  to  their  schools  in   Australia  and  although  they  are  very   keen  to  see  their  friends,  they  have   enjoyed  the  experience  of  living  and   studying  overseas  in  a  big  city.  Their   classmates  have  been  very  interested   in  Australia,  and  they  have  had  the   chance  to  share  some  of  our  culture   with  them.  We  are  very  proud  of  how   well  they  have  coped  and  they  will   leave  Canada  with  many  wonderful   memories.  I  also  believe  that  we  have   grown  closer  as  a  family,  having  had  to   rely  on  each  other  more  often  and  to   look  out  for  each  other. I  will  be  very  sad  to  leave  my  school   St  Elizabeth  Seton.  The  staff  have   been  so  welcoming  and  supportive,   and  the  students  are  polite,  friendly   and  hard  working.  I  have  learnt  (and   relearnt)  many  teaching  skills  in  the   gym  and  classroom,  and  I  will  be  a   better  teacher  for  the  exchange.  I  will   not,  however,  miss  playground  duty  at   minus  18  and  arriving  and  departing   school  in  the  dark. It  has  been  a  dream  come  true  for  us   and  I  would  encourage  anyone  who  has   the  opportunity  available  to  them  to  take   it  as  you  will  not  regret  it. newsmonth -­ Vol 32 #8 2012

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Appreciate the  things   we  take  for  granted Chris  Wilkinson President Well  here  we  are  at  the  end  of   another  year.    The  budget  cuts   to  education  by  the  O’Farrell   Government  have  certainly  left  us   all  feeling  uncertain  of  the  future. What  will  the  impact  be  on  our   teaching,  resources,  professional   development,  the  Australian  Curriculum   and  the  support  for  children  with  special   needs? We  can  only  hope  that  someone  will   realise  the  implications  for  children  in   our  schools.  After  all,  we  are  talking   about  the  future  of  Australia  and  the   clever  country. I  have  just  arrived  back  from  India   after  spending  two  weeks  with  five   Year  12  students  working  and  living   with  both  boys  and  girls  in  several   Ashrams,  who  have  been  given  a  chance   to  move  out  of  poverty  and  gain  a  good   education.   Most  of  these  children  come  from   poor  families  and  circumstances,  from   the  dumps  around  Mumbai. They  value  their  education  and  study   hard.  We  also  had  the  opportunity  

to go  out  on  an  old  bus  which  visits   dumping  grounds,  outreach  centres,   railway  stations  and  the  poorer  parts  of   Mumbai.   This  trip  has  made  the  girls  realise  the   importance  of  education  and  the  simple   things  in  life  that  we  take  for  granted. I  am  sure  that  you  are  busy,  as  we  all   are  at  this  time  of  year.    Look  back  on   2012  and  realise  the  impact  you  have  had   on  the  students  in  your  class.  You  should   be  proud  of  your  efforts  and  the  hard   work  that  you  have  put  in  throughout     the  year. I  wish  you  all  a  Happy  Christmas   and  an  enjoyable  holiday  break.  Take   time  for  yourself,  family  and  friends.     Recharge  your  batteries  for  the  year   ahead. Thank  you  to  the  chapter  reps,  council   delegates  and  all  who  make  the  IEU  the   great  Union  that  it  is. I  look  forward  to  working  with  you   and  supporting  you  all  again  next  year. I  also  invite  you  all  to  visit  our  new   offices  in  Wattle  Street.

How easy  is     it  to  balance  work   and  family? Louise  Glase South  Coast  Branch  President   The  Term  4  South  Coast  Branch   meeting  was  held  at  Woonona-­ Bulli  RSL  on  14  November  with   guest  speaker  Sue  Williamson   from  the  University  of  Sydney,   who  is  doing  a  research  project  on   work  and  family  balance. Sue  and  her  colleagues  are   interviewing  members  in  regard  to   their  experience  of  requesting  flexible   arrangements,  such  as  job  share  under   the  provisions  of  the  Fair  Work  Act,   and  is  seeking  further  input  from   members.    She  is  also  liaising  with   Wollongong  CEO  and  the  Diocese’s   Equal  Opportunity  Committee. Other  issues  for  discussion  at  the   South  Coast  Branch  meeting  included   the  national  and  NSW  education   agendas,  Workers  Compensation   changes  and  the  impact  on  schools  of   the  NSW  Government’s  funding  freeze. The  IEU  has  been  meeting  with   all  diocesan  directors  to  discuss  the   implications  of  the  NSW  funding   reductions  on  system  level  services   and  on  schools  directly.  IEU  General   Secretary  John  Quessy  and  Assistant   Secretary  Pam  Smith  met  with   Wollongong  CEO  Director  Peter  Turner   on  19  November  with  a  focus  on  the   protection  of  employment  and  working   conditions  and  on  equitable  access  to   professional  development. In  Wollongong,  as  in  other  dioceses   and  the  independent  schools  sector,   the  Union  will  monitor  the  impact  of   the  funding  situation,  while  continuing   to  campaign  with  other  unions  and   community  organisations  against  the   20

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NSW Government’s  ill  conceived  cuts  to   education  funding. Industrially,  the  IEU  has  welcomed   the  achievement  of  3.5%  per  year  salary   increases  for  teachers  in  Edmund   Rice  Education  Australia  schools,  the   finalisation  of  agreements  in  Aspect     and  Kindergarten  Union,  and  the   continuation  of  negotiations  with   CatholicCare. The  Union  congratulates  teachers  at   St  Gregory’s  College  in  Campbelltown   for  taking  protected  industrial  action   on  27  November  in  support  of  salary   increases  consistent  with  those  in   similar  schools  such  as  St  Patrick’s  in   Campbelltown,  Mater  Dei  and  Edmund   Rice  schools. In  the  early  childhood  sector,  the  IEU   is  continuing  to  be  actively  engaged  in   the  pay  parity  campaign,  including     the  debate  in  NSW  Parliament  on     25  October  following  the  presentation  of   a  petition  with  over  12,000  signatures.   On  a  sad  note,  the  IEU  was   represented  at  the  Requiem  Mass  for   Mary  Powell  at  St  John’s  Church  in   Campbelltown  on  15  November.  Mary   had  been  a  long  serving  Rep  at  St  John’s   Primary  School,  a  delegate  to  South   Coast  Branch  and  had  also  served  as   Branch  President. South  Coast  Branch  thanks  reps  and   members  for  their  contribution  to  the   IEU  during  2012  and  wishes  them  well   for  the  remainder  of  Term  4  and  for   Christmas  and  New  Year  ahead.   The  Term  1  AGM  is  scheduled  for     20  February  at  Woonona-­Bulli  RSL.

Take positive  action   this  New  Year Patricia  Murnane     Penrith/Blue  Mountains  Branch  President At  our  November  meeting   delegates  from  Parramatta  CEO   schools  were  in  a  sombre  mood. After  having  worked  so  hard  over  the   year  and  living  on  the  positive  messages   from  the  Gonski  Report,  the  delegates   reported  disappointment,  anger     and  deflation. If  the  NSW  Government’s  funding   cuts  to  education  in  NSW  was  shocking   and  disappointing,  the  added  insult  of   the  funding  freeze  to  non-­government   schools  has  created  deep  anger.     At  the  meeting  the  delegates  all   supported  the  creation  of  a  vigorous   campaign  from  all  IEU  members,  their   employers  and  their  local  communities. Added  to  the  anger  and  concern  from   school  chapters  was  the  deflation  felt  by   all,  following  the  news  that  Parramatta   CEO  has  decided  to  restructure   positions,  roles  and  remuneration  for   staff  in  Student  Services  at  Parramatta. It  was  reported  that  this  decision  was   taken  in  light  of  the  NSW  Government’s   funding  freeze  to  non-­government  schools.   While  recognising  the  work  done   to  date  by  the  IEU  to  support  affected   members,  delegates  are  demanding  that   the  monies  saved  in  this  realignment   be  returned  to  the  Student  Services  for   their  proper  employment  and  service  to  

students with  special  needs  in  schools. The  gloom  continued  when  delegates   repeated  their  previous  concerns  about   the  variation  in  schools  with  regard  to   the  skillful  mentoring  and  supervision   of  new  teachers  who  are  undergoing  the   process  of  accreditation  for  the  NSW   Teachers  Institute. A  number  of  new  teachers  have   resigned  before  accreditation  has   been  completed  because  of  the  heavy   pressure  they  feel  from  supervisors  in  a   number  of  schools.   Members  are  called  upon  to  support  our   new  teachers.  They  are  our  teaching  future.   They  are  lowest  paid  teachers  on  our  staff,   are  expected  to  work  well,  skilfully  and  do   extra  towards  their  accreditation,  and  they   get  to  pay  an  annual  fee  to  be  a  member  of   the  Institute. Are  we  acting  in  solidarity  with  these   teachers  to  make  things  just  for  them   in  their  workplace?  Will  we  act  in   solidarity  in  2013  towards  the  reversal   of  the  funding  freeze  decision?   Positive  action  always  dispenses   gloom  even  in  the  hardest  times.   Perhaps  members  could  think  about   these  issues  when  they  make  their  New   Year's  resolution.

PowerPoint ambush Paul  Ryan Cumberland  Branch  President Imagine  a  Melbourne  Cup  where   the  race  clubs  decide  to  halve  the   prize  money  after  the  race,  or   make  the  horses  go  around  for   another  lap,  over  jumps. This  same  disregard  for  convention   and  previously  agreed  conditions   is  what  has  been  happening  in  the   Parramatta  Diocese  to  more  than  a   hundred  members   employed  as   school  counsellors   and  specialist   support  teachers,   working  with  the   vision  and  hearing   impaired.   These  good   people  deal  with  many  of  our  most   vulnerable  students.   As  part  of  a  restructuring  (there’s   that  R  word  again,  which  we  know  from   experience  is  a  euphemism  for  culling   jobs  and  cutting  costs),  these  employees   were  advised  that  their  jobs  would  be   declared  ‘vacant’.   They  were  then  given  a  week  to  put   forward  an  ‘expression  of  interest’  to   reapply  for  their  own  jobs,  but  for  less   pay  and  different  conditions. Even  more  alarming  is  that  many  of   these  members  were  attending  a  cluster   meeting  and  received  this  information  by  

a PowerPoint  slide.  Members  were  numb   with  shock  and  some  were  left  in  tears. There  was  no  prior  consultation  with   the  IEU  over  the  proposed  restructuring,   and  the  treatment  of  the  affected   members  could  well  be  described  as   an  ambush.  The  IEU  has  taken  the   case  to  the  Fair  Work  Commission  and   discussions  are  ongoing  in  an  attempt  to   reach  a  resolution. Delegates  at  the   recent  Cumberland   Branch  Meeting   joined  the  Penrith/ Blue  Mountains   Branch  in  passing  a   motion  urging  the   Executive  of  the   NSW/ACT  IEU  to  mount  a  campaign   that  will  have  the  maximum  impact  on   Parramatta  CEO’s  realignment  of  these   student  services  employees. It  is  to  be  hoped  that  the  flexing   of  some  industrial  muscle  might  see   some  progress  in  restoring  industrial   justice  to  the  affected  members  that  felt   betrayed  by  the  employer  and  turned  to   the  IEU  for  support.   While  we  might  not  be  too  surprised   by  the  occasional  shenanigans  and   sharp  practice  on  the  racetrack,  we  are   entitled  to  protest  when  it  happens  in   the  workplace.

“Members were   numb  with  shock   and  some  were  left   in  tears.” overview

Kids miss  out  while   waiting  game  goes  on Gabe  Connell Vice  President,  Early  Childhood  Services As  another  year  draws  to  a  close   we  need  to  ask  ourselves  what   has  been  achieved  in  the  early   childhood  sector  this  year? Many  of  us  have  had  our  first   assessments  under  the  National  Quality   Framework  (NQF)  and  the  reports   so  far  are  that  it  is  not  as  bad  or  as   frightening  as  we  first  thought. We  are  still  fighting  for  pay  parity   and  watching  while  good  staff  burn  out   and  leave  the  sector  due  to  low  wages   and  poor  conditions,  and  new  graduates   choose  to  work  in  the  primary  sector  for   better  wages  and  better  conditions. The  National  Partnership  Agreement   promised  better  outcomes  for  all   children  in  Australia.  Perhaps  it  should   have  said  “for  all  children  in  Australia   excepting  those  who  through  bad  luck   happen  to  reside  in  NSW!” The  money  from  this  agreement  was   handed  down  to  NSW.  Where  is  it?   How  was  it  spent?  Where  are  the  better   outcomes?  Have  we  achieved  equity,   accessibility  and  affordability?  I  think   not.  In  fact  NSW  has  fallen  behind  in   every  aspect  yet  again. It  is  time  to  put  real  pressure  on  the   NSW  Government  and  make  them   accountable  for  this  money  and  how   it  was  spent.  We  don’t  want  band  aid  

solutions, we  want  real  outcomes  for   families  across  NSW. We  need  to  ask  the  Federal   Government  why  they  are  not  making   NSW  accountable  for  this  money  and   how  it  was  used  and  we  need  to  see  how   this  is  measured. The  really  vulnerable  children  in   our  communities  continue  to  miss  out   while  the  children  from  high  socio-­ economic  families  can  afford  to  access   more  days  in  an  EC  program  and  fill   the  spaces  we  desperately  need  to  fill   to  remain  viable  while  we  wait  and   wait  for  an  announcement,  for  the   release  of  the  Brennan  Report,  for     someone  with  enough  common  sense   and  commitment  to  children  to  find  a   way  forward,  for  even  an  indication  of   what  next  year  may  hold  in  funding  for   services.   How  can  services  set  budgets  and   fees  when  there  is  no  information  being   passed  down.    I  know  some  services  are   being  told  they  must  reduce  their  fees.   Is  this  so  NSW  can  say  they  are  meeting   their  targets? In  the  meantime  a  generation  of   children  miss  out  on  what  we  all  know  is   the  most  important  time  for  learning  in   their  entire  lives.

Improved conditions   for  Lismore  members The  Lismore  IEU  office  has   had  productive  meetings  with   Lismore  CSO  officers  during   2012,  providing  improvements   in  a  variety  of  workplace  areas   for  employees  in  Catholic   systemic  schools  in  the  area,  IEU   Officer  Steve  Bergan  writes.   Improvements  include: New  electronic  pay  slips  using  the   CONNX  software  program  to  be  rolled   out  to  all  employees  in  2013.  This  pay   slip  will  contain  broader  details  of   employee  entitlements. A  review  of  the  Teachers  Work   Practice  Guidelines  is  being   undertaken  which  will  reflect  current   practice. Inclusion  of  a  new  clause  Students   with  Challenging  Behaviours  within   the  revised  Teachers  Work  Practice   Guidelines  will  assist  teachers  dealing   with  difficult  students. HSC  Markers  alternative  leave   options.  These  options  include  taking   long  service  leave  at  full  or  half  pay  as   well  as  taking  leave  without  pay  for   HSC  marking.   Long  Service  Leave  to  be  accessible   at  half-­pay.   Review  and  updating  of  the  CSO   Part-­Time  Employment  policy.  This   policy  to  be  re-­drafted  to  reflect   current  legislation  and  terminology.  

The new  policy  will  be  split  into   two  policies  to  cover  Flexible  Work   Practices  and  Part-­Time  Employment.   Teachers’  permanent  part-­time   hours  to  be  fixed  at  agreed  loads,   therefore  guaranteeing  security  for   those  teachers  who  relinquish  their   permanent  full-­time  positions.  The   option  of  a  pro-­rata  redundancy   for  those  teachers  moving  from   permanent  full-­time  to  permanent   part-­time  positions. CSO  policy  of  teacher  relocation   and  temporary  exchange,  a  positive   initiative  which  the  Union  is  seeking   to  incorporated  into  the  Teachers   Work  Practice  Guidelines.  This  allows   teachers  to  undertake  temporary   transfers  to  Diocesan  schools  for   networking,  professional  refreshment   opportunity  and  development  outside   their  current  school. The  Union  placing  the  CSO  on   notice  that  RFF  in  primary  schools   cannot  be  eroded  or  used  for  purposes   of  their  choosing. Officers  of  the  Union  are  continuing   their  discussions  with  the  CSO  on   a  variety  of  other  issues  that  affect   staff  in  schools.  We  look  forward  to   promoting  further  positive  outcomes   for  members  on  these  issues  during   meetings  with  the  CSO  in  2013.

Uncertain time     of  year   Carolyn  Collins Vice  Present,  School  Support  Staff The  disturbing  decision  by  the  NSW   Government  to  slash  State  education   funding  by  $1.7  billion  over  the  next   four  years  will  impact  greatly  and   immediately  on  our  4130  support  staff   members.   Clearly  Premier  Barry  O’Farrell  has   not  considered  the  impact,  not  only  on   staff,  but  on  our  children. Undoubtedly  this  breach  of  trust  is   the  State  Government’s  response  to  the   Gonski  recommendations. We  need  to  gear  up  for  the  fight  of  our   life.  I  urge  you  to  oppose  this  callous   reduction  in  education  spending  by   contacting  your  local  member,  assisting   with  petitions  and  increasing  public   awareness  in  any  way  you  can.   It’s  always  worth  noting  that   support  staff  constantly  participate   and  respond  professionally  to  a  wide   variety  of  school-­based  activities  such   as  meetings,  despite  being  paid  on  an   hourly  basis.   Support  staff  should  always  have   access  to  memos  or  minutes  of  meetings   that  are  outside  paid  working  hours.  

If we  are  required  to  attend  a  meeting,   outside  our  working  hours,  we  should   be  paid  overtime  or  receive  time-­in-­lieu   (either  way,  this  should  be  by  mutual   agreement). Is  it  not  concerning  enough  that   many  are  not  full-­time  or  even  have   permanent  hours.  The  looming  fear  at   this  time  of  year,  is  not  knowing  if  we   are  going  to  be  employed  the  following   year,  and/or  what  hours  of  employment.   These  things  impact  enormously  on   our  ability  to  prepare  for  our  future,  get   loans  or  pay  every  day  bills.     Training  and  professional   development  are  high  on  the  agenda  of   the  IEU.     The  biennial  IEU  Support  Staff   Conference  is  to  be  held  in  late  Term   3  2013  and  the  Indigenous  Education   Conference  on  Friday  15  March. Get  in  early  as  positions  will  fill  fast.   I  would  like  to  wish  all  school  staff  a   joyous  and  safe  holiday  and  trust  2013   will  not  be  as  ominous  as  it  appears  to   be.

Womens’ paid  work   increases,  housework   burden  remains  the  same Lismore  IEU  recently  hosted   the  North  Coast  regional  Women   in  Education  Forum.  This  year   the  event  was  on  a  Friday  night   instead  of  the  usual  Wednesday   evening,  allowing  members  to   socialise  more  afterwards. IEU  President  Chris  Wilkinson  and   North  Coast  Branch  President  Marty   Fitzpatrick  welcomed  members  to  the   forum,  including  guest  speakers  Dr   Sandy  Darab,  Lecturer  from  Southern   Cross  University  and  Natasha     Wernick,  Creative  Community   Development  Leader  from  Tweed   Shire  Council.  A  warm  welcome  was   also  extended  to  Pat  Buie,  Canadian   Teacher  on  exchange  to  Xavier   Catholic  College,  Skennars  Head. Natasha  spoke  of  her  various   community  roles  within  the  Tweed   Heads  Shire  Council,  along  with  her   leadership  and  engagement  with  the   community  of  Uki. Natasha  spoke  about  bringing  a   small  isolated  community  together   when  it  is  made  up  of  a  diverse  range   of  people. The  refurbishment  of  the  local   community  hall  and  the  development   of  a  festival  that  celebrated  the  village   of  Uki’s  arts  and  culture  brought   people  together.  The  Ukitopia  Festival   is  now  an  annual  event.   Sandy,  lecturer  in  the  School  of  Arts   and  Social  Sciences  at  Southern  Cross   University,  addressed  the  forum  on   the  topic  of  Balancing  Professional   Life  with  family  responsibilities.

She based  her  discussion  around  the   latest  statistics  about  women  in  the   workplace,  drawing  on  her  research   of  welfare  and  work  reforms  and  their   effects  in  regional  NSW.   She  provided  some  interesting   insights  about  how  women  operate  in   today’s  society.  Much  of  what  women   do  today  in  terms  of  home  duties  and   child  rearing  has  changed  little  yet   their  role  within  the  workplace  has   changed  significantly.   Pam  Smith,  IEU  Assistant  Secretary   and  Women  in  Education  Convenor,   gave  an  up-­to-­date  report  on  activities   occurring  in  the  Union.  This  included   the  follow-­up  from  the  IEU  Women’s   Conference  in  August,  the  expansion   of  regional  women’s  events  across  the   State  and  the  Federal  Government’s   ‘Dad  and  Partner’  pay  scheme. Steve  Bergan,  Lismore  IEU   Organiser  and  Lismore  CSO  Diocesan   EOWA  Committee  member,  reported   on  activities  in  the  Lismore  Diocese   EOWA  committee,  soon  to  be   renamed  the  Workplace  Gender   Equality  Agency  committee. These  included  the  committee’s   new  model  of  meeting  via  video-­ link,  an  initiative  of  an  International   Women’s  Day  competition  involving   both  primary  and  secondary  female   students,  highlighting  the  need  for   gender  balance  on  interview  panels   and  the  ongoing  production  of  the   Committee’s  Fair’s  Fare  EOWA   newsletter  for  staff  within  Catholic   Diocesan  Schools.

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When I  sat  down   to  write  this  final  column  for  the   year  there  were  those  in  the  office   who  offered  the  usual  challenges:   “Give  me  five  really  good  wines   for  a  traditional  Christmas  lunch   on  a  budget  of  $100”  or  “What’s   the  best  red  to  get  my  father-­in-­ law  who  doesn’t  really  know  much   about  wine  but  likes  red?” I  decided  however  to  largely  ignore   them  all  and  to  muse  on  some  of  the   best  and  most  interesting  wines  I’ve   tasted  this  year  but  not  written  about.   For  those  paying  attention,  these  wines   represent  both  my  varietal  prejudice   and  my  Christmas  wish  list. The  Riesling,  for  indeed  there  must   be  an  example  of  this  most  under-­ appreciated  variety,  will  come  from  the   Clare  Valley  in  South  Australia.  The   Wilson  Vineyard  Polish  Hill  2012  ($25)   is  a  magnificent  example  of  the  Polish   Hill  style  from  a  magic  vintage.


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The wine  is  clear  with  a  greenish   tinge  and  is  as  aromatic  as  a  Riesling   gets,  with  intense  floral  and  lemon  lime   perfumes  that  concentrate  in  the  mouth   and  barely  touch  the  sides,  so  pure  is  the   quality  of  the  fruit. Swirl  it  around  and  reveal  the  slate,   talc  and  mineral  power  hidden  behind   the  citrus.  Long  zesty  acids  finish  the   experience.  Drink  this  now  by  all  means   but  in  five  or  so  years  it  will  develop   complex  cedar  aromas  and  a  greater   depth  of  flavour.  In  12  years  it  will  be  a   very  different  wine  with  the  rich,  pungent   and  oily  characteristics  so  loved  by  some. My  next  favorite  Tyrrell’s  Stevens   Semillon  2008  ($25)  is  a  stunning  result   from  a  difficult  Hunter  vintage.    A  green   straw  with  a  vibrant  colour  and  a  nose  of   citrus  and  lemon  curd  and  already  showing   a  little  bottle-­age  toastiness.  The  palate  is   still  lively,  with  a  core  of  citrus  and  acid   beginning  to  soften.  At  four  years  old   this  wine  is  showing  great  structure  and  

balance, as  the  fruit  and  acid  harmonise   to  reveal  the  buttery  savoury  qualities  of   gently  ageing  Hunter  Semillon.  Will  this  be   better  than  the  2006? Considering  the  quality  and  character   of  the  two  wines  above  I  don’t  understand   why  people  queue  up  to  pay  $20  plus  for   Sauvignon  Blanc  or  Pinot  Grigio.   What  would  life  be  without  Grenache?   The  Two  Hands  Brave  Faces  2011  ($30)   GSM  is  a  truly  serious  food  wine.  It  is  80%   Grenache,  12%  Shiraz  and  8%  Mataro  and   at  14.5%  the  alcohol  is  not  restrained.  A   rich  dark  red,  it  exhibits  raspberry  and  red   cherries  on  the  nose  with  hints  of  spice  and   wherever  there  is  Grenache  I  get  a  sense   of  lavender.  The  first  taste  is  of  vibrant   red  fruits  and  sweet  plums  giving  way  to   spice  and  smoky  earthy  flavours.    There  is   enough  Shiraz  to  show  evidence  of  dark   chocolate,  the  tannins  are  at  first  a  little   coarse  (that’s  the  Mataro  at  work  and  will   integrate  well  in  time)  and  they  do  finish   slowly  and  linger.  I  do  love  this  wine.  

Regular readers  know  how  partial   I  am  to  Heathcote  Shiraz  and  will   appreciate  how  excited  I  am  by  this   final  wine,  Tyrrell’s  Lunatiq  Heathcote   Shiraz  2010  ($35).  Someone  apparently   called  Murray  Tyrrell  a  lunatic  when   he  first  planted  Shiraz  in  the  area.  This   is  without  doubt  the  finest  Shiraz  from   that  region  that  I  have  ever  tasted  and   the  price  does  not  really  reflect  the   quality  of  the  fruit  selected  and  the  care   taken  in  the  production  process.   The  very  deepest  of  reds,  almost  an   opaque  black,  the  aroma  is  described   by  the  winemaker  as  “brooding”,  with   individual  nuances  of  chocolate,  plums   and  spice  which  are  slow  to  unravel  and   reveal  themselves.  Black  and  red  fruits,   liquorice  and  spun  sugar  create  a  party  in   the  mouth  as  the  complexity  of  the  wine   unwinds.  Fine-­grained  cedar  tannins   dawdle  to  finish  a  wine  with  at  least  a   decade  ahead  of  it.  Good  drinking. overview

Bernard O’Connor NGS  Super

Cast an  eye   on  your  super I  have  always  considered   lost  super  to  be  a  flaw  in   an  otherwise  world-­class   retirement  savings  system. Firstly,  why  do  fund  members   let  this  happen  and,  secondly,   why  doesn’t  the  government  pass   legislation  which  enables  funds   to  transfer  ‘dead’  accounts  to  the   principal  account?  After  all,  the  name,   date  of  birth,  gender,  tax  file  number   and  even  the  address  is  often  the  same   in  both  (or  all)  of  the  accounts. At  present  there  are  approximately   6.1  million  lost  super  accounts  with  an   estimated  value  of  $17.7  billion.  Some   funds,  including  NGS  Super,  have   advised  members  of  lost  or  inactive   accounts  and  this  has  resulted  in  an   improvement  with  $3.2  billion  in   unclaimed  accounts  being  transferred   to  their  rightful  owner  in  2011  -­2012. The  treasurer  has  been  giving  some   thought  to  these  ‘hollow  logs’  and  has   introduced  a  bill  in  his  mini-­budget   to  transfer  many  of  these  inactive   accounts  to  the  Australian  Tax  Office.   The  Unclaimed  Money  and  Other   Measures  Bill  2012,  if  passed,  will   provide  the  transfer  of  approximately   $555  million  to  the  Government.   Interest  will  be  paid  on  the  accounts   at  the  rate  of  CPI  and  workers  will   still  be  able  to  reclaim  it  if  they  know   about  it  and  take  the  time  to  do  so. The  proposed  legislation  makes  the   following  significant  changes: ‡    the  period  of  inactivity  for  an         account  will  be  reduced  from  the         current  five  years  to  12  months ‡    the  account  balance  threshold  for         inactive  accounts  will  be  raised  from       the  current  $200  to  $2,000,  and ‡    the  interest  payable  will  be  the  CPI       inflation  rate. If  the  bill  is  passed  this  year,  funds   and  administrators  will  have  a  very  

short time  to  arrange  for  the  transfers   to  the  ATO.  It  could  also  lead  to   increased  pressure  on  administration   fees  with  fewer  accounts  paying  for   what  is  essentially  the  same  service.   The  biggest  potential  problem  will   be  the  loss  of  insurance  cover  once  the   inactive  accounts  are  transferred  to   the  ATO.  If,  for  example,  an  account  is   transferred  with  the  loss  of  insurance,   a  member  may  make  a  claim  at  a  later   period  by  arguing  that  he/she  did  not   consent  to  the  transfer.   This  could  lead  to  a  minefield  of   litigation  unless  sufficient  safeguards   are  put  in  place  in  the  legislation. The  one-­year  inactivity  period  could   also  cause  problems  if,  for  example,   a  member  goes  overseas  and  comes   back  to  find  the  account  transferred  to   the  ATO. So  it’s  wise  to  keep  an  eye  on  your   super  and  that  includes  any  lost  or   inactive  super  accounts  you  may  have   opened  in  your  name  during  various   periods  of  employment.  It’s  your   money,  you’ve  worked  for  it  and  it’s   easy  to  locate. Let’s  finish  the  year  with  the   immortal  words  of  WB  Yeats:  “Cast  a   cold  eye  on  life,  on  Death”  and  on  your   lost  Super! Here’s  how  you  can     locate  lost  super: ATO  –  SuperSeeker  –  name,  dob,   TFN    or  call  13  28  65 As  this  is  the  last  Absolutely  Super   for  2012,  management  and  staff  at   NGS  Super  would  like  to  wish  all  IEU   members  a  fantastic  holiday  season   and  all  the  best  in  2013! Bernard  O’Connor   (NGS  Super)

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NSW/ACT IEU  Executive John  Quessy   General  Secretary   Gloria  Taylor   Deputy  General  Secretary Carol  Matthews   Assistant  Secretary Mark  Northam     Assistant  Secretary Chris  Wilkinson   President   St  Joseph’s  Catholic  College,  East   Gosford Michelle  Omeros   Vice  President  Non-­Systemic   St  Euphemia  College,  Bankstown Bernadette  Baker   Vice  President  Systemic   St  Columbkille's  Primary  School,   Corrimal Carolyn  Collins   Vice  President  Support  Staff   St  Michael's  Primary  School,  Nowra Gabrielle  Connell   Vice  President  ECS   Albury  Preschool  Kindergarten

General Executive  Members John  O’Neill   Carroll  College,  Broulee Ann  Rogers   ASPECT  South  Coast  School,  Corrimal Pat  Devery   St  Mary’s  Cathedral  College,  Sydney Marty  Fitzpatrick   St  Francis  Xavier’s  Primary  School,   Ballina Ralph  Hunt   The  Armidale  School,  Armidale Denise  McHugh   McCarthy  Catholic  College,  Tamworth Peter  Mullins   St  Francis  Xavier  College,  Florey  ACT Patricia  Murnane   Emmaus  Catholic  College,  Kemps  Creek Kevin  Phillips     St  Francis  Xavier’s  College,  Hamilton Michael  Hagan   Mater  Maria  College,  Warriewood

Francis Mahanay   Vice  President,  ACT   Holy  Family  School,  Gowrie Peter  Moore   Financial  Officer   De  La  Salle  College,  Cronulla

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Marie MacTavish   Financial  Officer   St  Joseph’s  Primary  School,     East  Maitland

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Giveaway 2 Strategies   for   Surviving   Bullying  at   Work

Kingdom of  Plants     with  David  Attenborough ABC  DVD Three  copies  to  giveaway If  you  loved  the  recent  David   Attenborough  series  on  ABC  TV  here’s   your  chance  to  own  the  DVD  of  all  three   episodes.  The  episodes  were  filmed  over   a  year  at  The  Royal  Botanic  Gardens  in   Kew  and  features  mind  blowing  macro   photography  footage,  insight  into  “the   true  nature  of  plants”  and  a  peek  into   the  important  plant  saving  work  Kew   Gardens  is  famous  for.

Evelyn M   Field Australian   Academic   Press ISBN:  978   192  151  3817 Three  copies  to  giveaway Need  to  know  how  to  care  for   yourself  and  others  at  work?  This   book  is  full  of  extremely  practical   strategies  to  recognise  an  internal   bully  (negative  self  talk)  and  what   makes  someone  vulnerable  to  being   a  target  and  a  bully.  But  the  fantastic   thing  about  this  book  are  the   uplifting  ideas  about  how  to  use  your   words,  body,  face  and  humour  to   your  advantage.  This  book  is  highly   recommended  to  anybody  who  wants   to  empower  themselves  with  simple   strategies  to  beat  bullying.  

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